PCAPS in the News

PCAPS in the News:

Charter School Accountablity Action:

Charter School Accountability Action, 3/14/14

NBC 10, 3/14/14:


“Protesters demand charter school accountability,” Philadelphia Tribune, 3/15/14


“Advocates debate charter school accountability at A.G. hearing,” Daily News, 3/16/14


mentions protest at end

Press Conference and action in City Council

News Headlines

Here are some recent news articles

Melissa Harris Perry: Dear Gov. Tom Corbett, stop hurting Pennsylvaia schools, October 19, 2013

Philadelphia Daily News: D.A.s urge more spending on preschool, October 16, 2013

NBC Latino: Mass school closings’ severe impact on lives of black, Latino students, October 15, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Leveling’ at city schools is raising anxiety, October 15, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Nurses plan vigil for Laporshia Massey. Family ponders lawsuit., October 14, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Coalition to Corbett: Fund schools, develop formula, October 12, 2013

Huffington Post: Tom Corbett Pressured By Civil Rights Groups On Philadelphia School Funding, October 11, 2013

Newsworks: Sixth-grader’s death adds to fears over Philly layoffs of school nurses, October 10, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: He says his daughter might be alive if not for school-nurse cuts, October 10, 2013

Newsworks: Robbing Peter to pay Paul: ‘Leveling’ Philly schools in the time of budget crisis, October 9, 2013

The Notebook: Public ed advocates turn to video to spread their message on schools crisis, October 4, 2013

Philadelphia Daily News: Parents, students filed 260 complaints this week with state regarding district schools, October 4, 2013

The Notebook: Philly parents file hundreds of school complaints with Pa. education department, October 3, 2013

Philadelphia Daily News: Millionaire vultures in Philly to pick over carcass of public education, September 30, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Wealthy donors move schools decision-making behind closed doors, September 29, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Group sues city, state over special ed programs, September 28, 2013

The Notebook: When it comes to seniority, I’m sticking with the union, September 26, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Philly teachers dig deep to fill in gaps as budget crunch continues, September 26, 2013

Newsworks: Pew survey shows low marks for Nutter, Philly Council, September 25, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Protest greets Eric Cantor’s visit to Philly charter school, September 23, 2013

Washington Post: Read Eric Cantor’s ‘major’ education speech, September 23, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Who’s (still) killing Philly public schools?, September 22, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Will Phila. be the graveyard of public education?, September 20, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Teacher to Corbett, Nutter: Try my job for an hour , September 19, 2013

The Notebook: Analyzing the role of charter school funding in the District’s budget problems , September 19, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Poll: Philly blames Corbett and Nutter, not teachers, for schools crisis, September 17, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Children deserve better, September 16, 2013

NBC10: Al Sharpton Speaks on Philly School Budget Crisis, September 15, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Hite visits Jackson School to see problems , September 11, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Karen Heller: One counselor, 2,820 students, September 11, 2013

Newsworks: Philly schools open with big concerns, big classes, September 10, 2013

Washington Post: The ‘grim new normal’ in Philadelphia schools, September 10, 2013

AxisPhilly: Report: Route guides a no-show, September 10, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Schools open with bigger classes, smaller staff , September 9, 2013

Philadelphia Daily News: Philly schools open today with less staff, September 9, 2013

The Notebook: Countdown, Day 1: The night before schools open, September 8, 2013

Washington Post: Back to school: It’s worse than you think, September 7, 2013

Philadelphia Daily News: Mayor Nutter: Fight alongside teachers, don’t scapegoat them, September 6, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Damn The Teachers?, September 6, 2013

The Notebook: Countdown, Day 4: Talks to resume Friday; teachers are under a ‘status quo’ contract, September 5, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Focus on what matters in Phila. schools, September 3, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Letters: Teachers give ‘F’ to column, September 3, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Phila. district asks teachers to give up much, September 1, 2013

Huffington Post: Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, August 30, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Patrick Kerkstra: Ineffective Philly leaders, August 30, 2013

The Notebook: Safety first? District’s plans for getting students safely to school are lacking, August 29, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Charter operator owed its schools millions, but no one’s checking its books, August 29, 2013

Newsworks: Philly school district says teachers’ union giveback offer not enough, August 28, 2013

The Notebook: Not the same public schools I went to, August 28, 2013

Salon: “Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell, August 19, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Until the next crisis, August 18, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: The least they can do, August 16, 2013

New York Times: Philadelphia borrows so its schools open on time, August 15, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer: Stop blaming the teachers, August 15, 2013

Washington Post: How bad is Phillie schools crisis? This bad., August 15, 2013

Philadelphia City Paper: Philly Students: Cuts Will Set Us Up to Fail, August 15, 2013

PCAPS Press Conference at first City Council session, 9/12/13

“PCAPS announces new campaign to fight for school funding,” Philadelphia Public School Notebook, 9/12/13


“School Protesters Halt City Council Meeting Over Funding,” NBC10, 9/12/13

www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/City-Council-Take-Up-School-Funding-Cutting-Tax-Abate ment-223447641.html

“Tug-of-War Over Philadelphia School Funding Draws City Hall Protests,” KYW Radio, 9/12/13


“School Budget Crisis,” CBS 3 report, 9/12/13


“Goode opens new front on Phila. schools crisis,” Inquirer, 9/12/13


“Council tables tax abatement cap bill,” Inquirer, 9/12/13


“Head of national union joins City Hall protest over Philly school funds,” Newsworks, 9/12/13


Action News 6:00 PM, 9/12/13


Action News at Noon, 9/12/13


CBS 3 Talk Philly, 9/12/13


NBC 10 News Today at 11, 9/12/13


Fox 29 News at 10, 9/12/13


Fox 29 Good Day at 6, 9/13/13


NBC 10 News at 6, 9/12/13


Fox 29 News at 6, 9/12/13


PCAPS in the News: Coverage of last night’s Vigil

“Protesters Hold “Funeral” for Philly Schools Outside Corbett’s Office,” NBC10, 9/8/13

“Budget Crisis Still Looms As Children Go Back To School Monday,” CBS3, 9/8/13


“Vigil held on eve of Philadelphia schools opening day,” 6ABC, 8/813


“Parents, Community Rally On Day Before School Starts,” Fox Philly, 9/8/13


“Philly schools open today with less staff,” Philadelphia Daily News, 9/9/13


“Schools open with bigger classes, smaller staff,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/9/13


Photos: www.philly.com/philly/gallery/20130909_Schools_set_to_open_with_bigger_classes__smaller_staff.html?viewGallery=y

Sympathetic article on current crisis, PCAPS leaders quoted:


PCAPS General Assembly


Research For Action Weighs In on School Closures


Closing Arguments

Parents and the school district fight over the future of Philly public education.

Daniel Denvir. City Paper

As a sixth-grade student and the student-body president at Jay Cooke Elementary in Logan, Jenna Lee has a hard time not taking the proposed closing of her school personally. “I was, like, where is this coming from? Because we just got … a new computer lab,” she says, adding that Cooke also has extracurricular programs, including instrumental music and a soccer team. “And now they’re trying to shut us down,” she says. “I was very upset with the decision.”

It may feel personal, but Jenna is just one of 17,000 students set to be relocated under a plan outlined by Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite, who contends that closing 37 schools will ultimately save $28 million a year for a school district that projects a $1.1 billion deficit over five years.

To read entire article click here:

Moratorium Demanded at SRC Meeting


PCAPS leaders respond to Dr. Hite’s Action Plan



PCAPS candlelight vigil from City Hall to 440 to stop school closings





 News Coverage of the Release of PCAPS Community Education Plan: Excellent Schools for All Children

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