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Improving Public Education
ACTION United parents and community members are coming together across the city and around the State to fight for good, quality schools.
We are currently working on the following campaigns:
- Teacher Retention and Equal Distribution of Resources in Philadelphia Schools: Revolving Doors: Findings from Philadelphia's Highest Poverty Schools. ACTION United parents are concerned that our schools have higher rates of principal and teacher turnover, leaving our schools as revolving doors for inexperienced principals and teachers who leave after a year. In 2010 ACTION United released a report highlighting the disparity in teacher experience at low-income schools in our neighborhoods. Below is the newly released report on Principal Turnover and the Importance of Stable Leadership.
· Quality Education for students in Chester: ACTION United is building parent and student unions to ensure that all students have access to quality education. Check our their work here: http://www.actionunited.blogspot.com/
· School Advisory Councils (SAC): SAC’s are school based councils made up of least 51% parents. ACTION United parents are building SAC’s at local schools to ensure they are actively participating in budget and planning decision at the school based level.
Parents and grandparents at Longstreth Elementary sign forms to create a School Advisory Council at the school for parents voices to be heard in decision making at the school
· Cross City Campaign for School Reform: ACTION United is an active member of a city-wide coalition of education organizing groups in Philadelphia with the rallying cry “Our City, Our Schools”.
· Excellence in Public Education for Our Communities: ACTION United is a part of a National Coalition, Communities for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) fighting for ongoing national educational justice reforms. CEPS has launched a national campaign calling for dramatic action to improve low performing schools by emphasizing parent, student and community engagement and research-based educational practices. (PICTURE of DC trip)
Sustainable and successful school reform requires a different approach, which is why CEPS has developed the Sustainable School Transformation proposal. This proposal draws on the best of research and decades of parent and community experiences with education reform across the country.
· SB1- fighting School Vouchers
PA Schools are under threat from SB 1, the bill that would siphon funds from our already under budgeted basic education funds and place those tax dollars into private and parochial schools. Find out more about SB 1
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