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- Student after student taking the mic, sharing their experiences and hope that we can end police, state and institutional violence. 1 hour ago
- RT @MrsL132: Amazing #phled youth. @bpsos_delval @215studentunion @AsAmUnited #blacklivesmatter http://t.co/zFnSsfhguN 1 hour ago
- #blacklivesmatter - in the streets and in our schools. #PhlEd http://t.co/SlPB3QO2f4 1 hour ago
- .@215studentunion leader laying out demands of #PhlEd to end #stateviolence at #phillystudentdiein http://t.co/7PLe9ljCQz 1 hour ago
- @4EdJustice @YouthOrganizeNC And allow us to bring along others who may not immediately recognize #stateviolence as issue for them 4 hours ago
- Mayoral Candidates Need To Speak Out on New Round of Charter School Expansion
- PCAPS calls on Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to Investigate Charter School Fraud Prevention Practices Requests by community and parents for information go Unanswered
- Mayoral Candidates Need to Speak Out on Double Standard for Charters
- Charter Turkey of the Year Bus Tour Tomorrow!
- Paying More and Getting Less, A Tale of Two School Districts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Following the SRC’s cancellation of the PFT contract, PA Working Families, Fight for Philly, PCAPS and many other activists demonstrated at the Governor’s office, targetting Corbett as the driving force behind this latest attack on teachers.
pictures from Harvey Finkle