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Does Philly need a citizens' commission to better engage the public?


Catherine Offord

on Nov 24, 2015 03:50 PM

Education Voters of Pennsylvania has proposed a Citizens’ Commission for Education to provide a formal platform for public participation in the District.

The commission’s structure is undetermined, but a petition to City Council requesting the establishment of a commission as a “mechanism” for participation has so far received more than 300 signatures. Organizers hope the move will jump-start a discussion about increasing civic engagement in District decision-making.

Caucus of Working Educators reveals slate for union election


Paul Jablow

on Nov 24, 2015 11:18 AM

At the Caucus of Working Educators’ second annual convention on Nov. 14, Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences teacher Amy Roat was named as the group’s candidate to challenge Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, who has headed the union since 2007. Roat leads an insurgent slate of candidates who will challenge PFT leadership in the union’s elections in early 2016.

Fair funding campaign analyzes Pa. budget proposals


Catherine Offord

on Oct 16, 2015 01:34 PM

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF), a statewide coalition of more than 50 organizations, recently released a report on the implications of the education proposals being debated in Harrisburg.

The report, “Lifting All Students: Why Pennsylvania Must Act Now to Fairly Fund Public Education and Secure Our Future,” details the practical outcomes for school districts across the state under both the $410 million funding increase in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and the $100 million increase proposed by Republican legislators.

Coalition pressures Comcast to help fund District schools


Brianna Spause

on Oct 7, 2015 02:24 PM

Cheers of “Comcast got the tower, but the people got the power!” rang out from a crowd of nearly 100 education and social activists as they marched toward the Comcast Center in Center City on Sept. 11.

The protest, organized by CAP Comcast Corporate Accountability Project and Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, aimed to put pressure on Comcast to pay $35 million to the School District to modernize computer equipment and improve technology education.

Media Mobilizing Project looks at Willard Elementary’s revival


Camden Copeland

on May 18, 2015 10:28 AM

Media Mobilizing Project, a media group focused on support for organizing to end poverty, launched the fifth installment of its video series Revival from the Roots in April with a look at Willard Elementary in Kensington.

The series provides an inside look at successful neighborhood schools in Philadelphia. Though Willard is in one of Philadelphia’s poorest communities, it provides an expanded curriculum, wraparound supports for families, and deep community engagement.

Student Union workshop trains students to tell school stories


Camden Copeland

on May 18, 2015 10:30 AM

The Philadelphia Student Union has been running a multimedia workshop series called Yearbook PHL, which uses student narratives to compile snapshots of how teens are experiencing their schools.

“People have a certain idea of what schools are like, but the only people who actually know what it’s like in school are the people that go to school,” said Mahala Papadopoulos, a Masterman 10th grader.

Campaign for education funding proposes formula for state aid


Allison Welton

on Mar 25, 2015 10:15 AM

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF), a statewide coalition of 46 organizations seeking predictability and fairness in how Pennsylvania allocates revenue to school districts, has proposed its own version of a formula for basic education funding.

Mayoral candidates questioned on education, other issues


Shannon Nolan

on Mar 24, 2015 02:38 PM

Philadelphia’s mayoral and City Council at-large candidates gathered in March for the Pennsylvania Working Families forum to discuss education, jobs, affordable housing, restorative justice, and corporate accountability – an exchange about community concerns leading up to the May 19 primary election.

Opt-out movement reflects growing resistance to testing


Connie Langland

on Jan 27, 2015 01:38 PM

Last year, a handful of Philadelphia families balked at having their children sit for the high-stakes state standardized tests known as the PSSAs. This year, resistance to the tests is more widespread.

Youth groups participate in movement against violence


Shannon Nolan

on Jan 26, 2015 12:56 PM

The deaths of two unarmed African American men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the non-indictments of the police officers who killed them have sparked protests throughout the country. In Philadelphia, members of youth advocacy groups Youth United for Change and Philadelphia Student Union have been among those raising their voices in protest of violence against young people of color and heightening the movement dubbed “Black Lives Matter.”

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