Dismayed about budget cuts that have reduced the level of multilingual staff and services districtwide, immigrant parents from South Philadelphia presented ideas for offsetting those cuts at a December meeting with principals and District administrators.
E.M. Stanton and Sheppard Elementary are among the nine schools the District has recommended closing as part of its facilities master plan. But the proposed closures have sparked pushback from parents and activists.
Although both schools' enrollments are small and their infrastructure is outdated, they have deep community roots.
Supporters of Stanton (SOS), a parent and community group, has attended every School Reform Commission meeting since November.
At a January 19 SRC meeting, SOS members presented a counterproposal to allow Stanton to stay open.
At last month's momentous School Reform Commission meeting, Supporters of Stanton (SOS) presented a proposal to keep the tiny neighborhood school open.
The District has cited low enrollment, crumbling infrastructure, and the ability of nearby schools to absorb Stanton’s students as compelling reasons for the school’s closure.
SOS hopes to change Stanton’s fate with their new counter-proposal.
Naomi Klein, in her book The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism lays out in considerable detail how right wing politicians have used natural and man made disasters to impose privatization and market-driven “reforms” while bypassing the messy business of democratic decision-making.
There seems little doubt that this is what we are seeing in public education in Pennsylvania. To a remarkable degree, the storyline follows the formula Klein describes in her book.
In this guest blog post we are running a letter that parent Rebecca Poyourow and 230 additional supporters of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary in Roxborough recently sent to Gov. Tom Corbett and other elected officials.
The letter details the harsh impact of the cuts at their neighborhood school, including the loss of a kindergarten teacher, librarian, assistant principal, school police officer, bus monitor, and noontime aides.
District officials are genuinely listening to what the public has to say about their proposal to close nine schools, Deputy for Strategic Initiatives Danielle Floyd told the School Reform Commission on Friday.
Since announcing a package of 31 facilities recommendations last month, the District has so far hosted six community meetings. Already, said Floyd, public input gathered during the meetings has made a difference.
The tears fell freely at Julia de Burgos Elementary School Tuesday night.
During the fifth of 17 community meetings on the School District of Philadelphia’s facilities master plan, a flood of over 150 supporters of Sheppard Elementary implored District officials to reconsider their recommendation to close the tiny K-4 school in Kensington. Located just a few blocks away from de Burgos, Sheppard is one of nine schools the District has targeted for closure by 2014.
The Notebook is no stranger to discussions on improving the life outcomes of Black males in Philadelphia. Recent Notebook posts have examined:
the widely attended "Shifting the Numbers panel" on men of color and education.
Those more familiar with this field know that there are a number of organizations and individuals around the city doing great work on this topic, many of which fly under the radar and often don’t get support to sustain and bring their work to scale.
Which is why I was excited to hear about the creation of the new Open Society Fellowship for Black Male Achievement (BMA), in partnership with Echoing Green.
Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School, now 114 years old, could be living out its final days.
A tiny K-4 elementary school at Howard and Cambria in the heart of one Philadelphia's toughest neighborhoods, Sheppard is one of nine schools slated for closure as part of the School District's facilities master plan. At a Tuesday community meeting, District officials
will make made their case for closing the ancient building and reassigning its students, prompting a huge outpouring of emotion from Sheppard supporters.
Educators including Acting Superintendent Leroy Nunery and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan will speak on a panel following a screening of the documentary American Teacher at High School of the Future Thursday evening.