Does it feel like parent voices aren't heard?
Check out Parents United's members making parent voices and opinions heard
loud and clear when it counts and where it counts!
June 20, 2011
WHYY/Daily News, It’s Our Money blog: "The coming conversation on the School District budget"
June 19, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer: Helen Gym op-ed "Quick fixes don't work, schools need new leaders"
June 17, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News: "Corbett appoints Ramos to School Reform Commission"
June 16, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer, Heard in the Hall blog: "Voices of the public in a noisy Council chamber"
Briefly summarizes some of the public testimony of dozens of speakers in City Council.
It’s our money: The boy who cried wolf budgeting at the school district
Here's evidence of what you might call boy-who-cried-wolf budgeting (the district struggling to get additional funding because people no longer trust its emergency warnings): . . .
And school activist Helen Gym argues on Twitter that "Whatever happens tomorrow, any rejection of taxes is referendum on credibility of the District."
Of course, Gym also supports the soda tax, because she thinks the district needs more money at the end of the day (and she thinks it's a reasonable tax). This is basically the argument the mayor made tonight:
June 14, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News: "Teachers vent over pink slips"
Philadelphia Inquirer: "Supreme Court stays hearing on teacher layoffs in Philly"
AOL PATCH-Mt. Airy: "Parents speak out at SRC meeting"
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: "Revised facilities policies approved"
June 10, 2011
City Paper, The Naked City: "Did School District create an $8 million slush fund for Ackerman?"
AOL PATCH-Roxborough/Manayunk: "Yellow bus service still at risk for city school children"
June 8, 2011
CNN: Helen Gym's national op-ed "Reformers, please listen to what parents want for schools"
June 7, 2011
Newsworks/WHYY: "Long term financial planning urged for Philly school district"
June 6, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News: "Busing cuts the latest worry for Philly parents"
WHYY/Newsworks: "Squeezing some answers from the School District"
June 2, 2011
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: "After schools are closed, who decides their use?"
Extensive profile on Parents United’s co-founder Cecelia Thompson who succeeded in getting the SRC to revise its policy on school closings to allow for more community input.
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Helen Gym: "Who's getting paid? Posting the District's contracts"
Helen Gym posts Parents United's FOIA request for District contracts, and exposes the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to consultants and vendors on everything from NoPuff Daddy to Oprah's former fiancee to multimillion dollar testing companies.
June 1, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer: "Interim School budget adopted"
May 31, 2011
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: "SRC passes budget despite public outcry"
May 28, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer: "Deal is near on transit passes"
May 27, 2011
May 24, 2011
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Helen Gym blog: "Budget questions City Council needs to ask the District"
Helen Gym shares Parents United for Public Education's memo to City Council members. Gym urges inquiry into the District's spending practices and priorities like Promise Academy expansion, summer school expenses and contracting.
May 19, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer: In Brief: "SRC delays building vote"
May 5, 2011
WHYY Radio Times: "Philadelphia public school update"
Parent Helen Gym joins host Marty Moss-Coane to discuss the District's budget crisis and how to get out of the mess we're in.
May 4, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer: "Parents blast District budget"
Featuring the voices of many Parents United members and supporters which focused on essential programs (full day kindergarten, transportation and restoring cuts to school discretionary funds) and challenging the District's own priorities (exorbitant executive salaries, expanded initiatives, summer school expenses):