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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.
Dawn Hawkins, parent from ACTION Untied
Veteran labor activist Jim Moran
Wolf Campagin in the House
Full, fair funding now!
APPS in the House
Moffat Elementary in the House
Fight for Philly in the House
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One of the more creative signs in evidence
Cheri Honkala who got arrested at Corbett’s office last wekk standing up for public education
PFT President Jerry Jordan: “We will fight”
Patty Eakin, President of PASNAP
UNITE Here leader Gary Broderick tells one of the union busting hired hands where they can go
Stop the School to Prison pipeline
SRC has to Go says crowd
Thousands have signed the PCAPS edcuation voter pledge
MC Evette Jones of PFT and PCAPS
SRC driving teachers kurt
CLUW in the House
Flash dancer from YUC
Randy Weingarten “People United Will Never Be Divided”
Future Parent in Solidarity
Milly and Marvin
Building Trades were in the House
YUC up front
Connecting Some Dots
PA AFT President Ted Kirsch and 1199C leader Henry NIcolaus
This 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.
Kia Hinton, Parent leader ACTION United
Mark Meola, Masterman Advocates for Public Schools
Terri King, President Parkway Center City Home and School
Gerald Wright, co-founder of Parents United, parent and past president of Jenks Home and School
Kendra Brooks, Chair School Advisory Committee, Steel Elemenary
Jenni Desnouee, Co-President, Kearney Home and School
Rev. Leslie Tyler, POWER and Parent at Masterman
Tonayia Coffer, Parent advocate from Parents United , Fox Chase Elementary
Cheri Honkala PPEHRC ,Chair of Moffet Parents, parent of student at Masterman
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.
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.
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.
ACTION United leader Kia Hinton speaking outside Governor office.