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PCAPS Community Schools Task Force Celebrates the Announcement of The First Cohort of Philadelphia Community Schools

photo credit: Craig Robbins.  Then candidate Jim Kenney at an ACTION United, PCAPS rally at Comegys Elementary in April last year announcing his committment to 25 community schools in his first term.   As the outgrowth of a coalition that … Continue reading

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Serious Questions About Great Oaks

  Good reasons why we should reject the Great Oaks takeover of Cooke Elementary School.   We also need to see the plans for Huey and Wister! Read the report from Helen Gym’s office here    

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The Wister Community Schools Plan – An Alternative To Charter Takeover

Everyone recognizes Wister needs to improve in order to better serve our students and families. Not everyone agrees the only alternative is turning it over to a charter operator. Experience shows schools improve when the commitment, energies and skills of … Continue reading

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Walk In at Wister – February 17th

photo credit: WHYY Newworks, Parents United On February 17th people will stage “walk-ins” at hundreds of schools in over thirty cities demanding the schools our children deserve and an end to state takeovers, privatization and budget cutbacks. These policies have … Continue reading

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WHAT EVERY HUEY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

From Parents United for Public Education, http://www.parentsunitedphila.com • POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE Global Leadership, according to the District’s own standards, gets low marks for student achievement and progress. It is in the “Intervene “ category, the ranking for schools that are … Continue reading

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What Every Parent Should Know About Great Oaks Charter

The following is a slightly edited leaflet produced by Parents United THEY’VE FAILED BEFORE AND NOW THEY’RE BACK FOR MORE Steve Klinsky                                       … Continue reading

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Let’s Make Community Schools the Schools Our Children Deserve – PCAPS Releases Plan

Spring Garden parent Sheila Armstrong speaking at City Hall press conference Today, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools announced their comprehesive community schools vision and  platform , developed by over the last year by  a group of public school parents, educators, … Continue reading

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Who Runs the Great Oaks Foundation? Wall Street well represented. Parents and Educators, not so much.

  The Great Oaks Foundation is the one charter operator that has applied to take over Jay Cooke elementary.   The company is a new comer to Philadelphia.   Their claim to be something different appears to be employing poorly paid tutors … Continue reading

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Cooke, Huey and Wister Communities Rally to Save Their Schools

Since Dr. William Hite announced the plan to turn Cooke Huey and Wister elementary schools over to charter operators, the parents, school staff and the impacted neighborhoods have been fighting back. At all schools parents have been meeting to decide what … Continue reading

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Make Comcast Pay Its Fair Share!

Over a hundred people who sat in Council Chambers for over five hours waiting for a chance to speak out on the upcoming Comcast Franchise agreement. Here’s the testimony of PCAPS coordinator Ron Whitehorne Good afternoon, Council members. My name … Continue reading

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