Monday, September 10, 2007

Back to school!

Welcome back to the start of a new school year! This year Parents United is committed more than ever to being a watchdog in the schools, particularly around staffing, funding, services and supports.

We're particularly interested in whether you notice: split grades, larger than normal class sizes, and any change in non-teaching personnel, classroom assistants, librarians, art and music programs, and services for special needs students. We'll be using your information to demand answers and accountability from the District and SRC.

Post your comments here and help us make Philadelphia public schools better!

Back to School Pt. II - How do you get there?

The Governor and SEPTA announced a historic deal in August 2007 which would guarantee free transportation to Philadelphia public school students. Actually, only eligible 7th-12th graders will ride SEPTA for free. So how are you getting to school? Does the SEPTA deal help you out? What other concerns do you have about transportation? After all, if we can't get to school, then how can we learn?

Reduce Class Sizes Now!

Reducing class size in the Philadelphia public schools remains a central mission of Parents United. After more than a year long campaign to raise attention to increasing class sizes, Parents United finally achieved a small measure of success in August 2007 when the School Reform Commission adopted a 5-year plan to reduce class sizes across the city. But for most parents, five years is too long. Talk about class sizes and why it matters here!