Education Report Card

For this election year we have been asking people to vote for candidates based on their willingness to support the five points high lighted below. With the election scheduled for next Tuesday we have a report card on the two gubernatorial candidates based on how they stack up.

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Video of Yesterday’s Rally at SRC

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Faces of Solidarity: Yesterday at the SRC

Pictures of yesterday massive demonstration ouside the SRC as well as a snapshot of what went on at the meeting, all from the camera of the incomparable Harvey Finkle.

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Parent Leaders Speak Out in Solidarity with Teachers

DSC00824This morning parents stood on the steps at School District Headquarters and spoke out clearly against the SRC’s cancellation of the PFT contract. Parent leaders from all over the city made clear they understand the sacrifices teachers have and continue to make for their children and stand with them.  We will post exercpts from their statements later.

 

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Philadelphians Show Solidarity With Teachers

Get a sign and write who you are and add “I stand in solidarity with Philadelphia teachers.” Take a selfie, post it on FB and tweet it using the hashtags #solidaritywithteachers and #phled. Like these people did.

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PFT “Turn Up for Truth” Rally

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Send Corbett and the SRC a Message Next Thursday

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Turn Up for Truth rallies at Schools Across City

Rally at John B. Kelley Elementary in Germantown

Rally at John B. Kelley Elementary in Germantown

PFT members and community supporters rallied this morning and leafletted parents, challenging an earlier letter sent to them by the District on the decision to cancel the PFT contract and impose cuts in health care (see flyer below)   A pdf is here.

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Parents and Teachers Sit In lobby of Corbett’s office.

Yesterday, October 9th, at 4:00 PM, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, along with school parents, students, and teachers, attempted to hold mock auction inside the Governor’s office on the 11th floor of the Bellvue Stratford on South Broad St.   Police blocked access to the elevators and about fifty people sat down in the lobby.   PPEHRC leader and Moffat parent Cheri Honkala was arrested.    The demonstration was in response to the SRC’s decision to cut teachers’ health benefits, as well as the long term decline in school funding.

photo credit: Harvey Finkle

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Cheri Honkala

Cheri Honkala

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Report Targers Charter School Fraud

ACTION United, along with the Center for Popular Democracy and  Integrity in Education, released a report on October 1st calling for all those with responsbility for monitoring charters, including the charter schools themselves, to get serious about charter school fraud.   The report documents the 30 million dollars of known fraud and calls for forensic adudits in order to correct the problem.    ACTION United, along with PCAPS, will be developing a campaign around this issue, including passage of legislation, in the coming months.

The report was announced at press conference and rally outside the Governor’s office.   When demonstrators learned that Corbett was up the street a the Union League, they made an effort to deliver a copy of the report to him, but, as usual, the Governor was unwlling to meet with his constituents.

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ACTION United leader Kia Hinton speaking outside Governor office.

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