For student groups and School District officials in Philadelphia alike, a lot is riding on the passage of Governor Rendell's education spending plan for the state.
Representatives of organizations in Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community are blasting the School District's new standardized curriculum for lack of inclusiveness, echoing criticisms raised by African American advocates of greater diversity in the curriculum.
On June 12, members of the School Cafeteria Workers Union Local 634 and their allies held a "Community Prayer Vigil for Justice," rallying in front of the District's headquarters to raise awareness about the upcoming August 31 deadline for the renewal of their contract. The contracts of the District's unions representing non-teaching personnel all expire this summer.
Trustee of Local 634, Samuel Cook, said that the union wants to overhaul its entire contract and achieve "parity with the other unions."