HUNDREDS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON EDUCATION ANS SCHOOL REFORM CRISIS
WHEN: Tuesday May 22, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:Bright Hope Baptist Church
12th and Cecil B. Moore
Who: ACTION United members, Parents, teachers, students, community members, SEIU, Fight for Philly,
Upset over a proposal to gut Philadelphia Public Schools the ACTION United will hold an emergency community meeting on Tuesday to provide information to the community and lay out an alternative vision.
“Officials have laid out their plan, and folks are unhappy, but we really haven’t heard a lot about an alternate vision” explained Roland Ferguson, concerned parent and member of the Southwest Chapter of ACTION United. “That’s what we are going to do on Tuesday. People not only want to hear about the proposed changes, they want to make sure the needs of their children and their neighborhoods are being considered in the process. We’re going to lay out an alternative to the plan that includes the priorities of the community, parents and students”
The Pastor of the Bright Hope Baptist Church Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, a parent with children in the Philadelphia Public Schools, will kick off the meeting. Students will capture their vision for what the term “good school” means in drawings and writings and parents and community members will be asked to write their priorities and concerns on tablets on the wall. These pictures and papers will be delivered to the School Reform Commission during the protest the following morning.
“We reject the notion that there is no money for schools when they are building new prisons”
added Ferguson. “We need our officials to be listening to the community and looking for creative solutions rather than trying to solve the funding crisis on the backs of students or by outsourcing jobs. The people that work in the schools are parents and neighbors too.”
ACTION United’s members will suggested real, community oriented solutions based on research and proven models.
“We feel any proposal should both include community priorities but also be research based and rely on proven methods of reform so we can be sure this isn’t just another ‘expert’ solution that will throw our children into chaos without actually solving anything.”