On Thursday, May 31st the School Reform Commission will vote on their proposed plan to dismantle our schools at Philadelphia School District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St. Students, teachers, parents, school workers, community members and concerned Philadelphians will be gathering @ 4:30 PM to take a stand against the privatization plan and to demand a fully funded public education system that works for all. Join us! Occupy the SRC! Save Our Schools.
What We Need:
*Full funding for public education - Tax the 1% -
*Dissolve the SRC - for democratic community controlled schools
*Rehire all laid off School District Employees
*No new charter conversions
*Charter school financial transparency and accountability
*Due process for students and families.
*Collective bargaining rights for charter school staff
More Information on the Knudsen "School Destruction" Plan:
The Knudsen Plan – The End of the Promise of Public Education: A Statement from the Occupy Philly Labor Working Group
You're not speaking to me, Mr. Knudsen
By Helen Gym
Who's Killing Philly Public Schools?
Underfunded. Overburdened. About to be sold for scrap.
By Dan Denvir
Information from the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools:
May 31st, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. 440 N. Broad St.
On this day the SRC will decide the fate of public education in our city. Be There to Vote No Confidence in a plan that:
*Closes 64 schools and keeps the names secret
*Pushes 40% of our students into charters
*Turns all of our schools over to third-‐party operators
*Tells us to live with a budget that short changes our children
*Outsources jobs and school management to private companies
Be There to Demand...
*Investment in what we know works. We need smaller class sizes, libraries, nurses, arts and music, a challenging
and innovative curriculum, career education and extra curricular opportunities.
*Fund Our Schools. Philadelphia spends half of what Lower Merion spends to educate a child. Harrisburg and City Hall need to step up and fund schools, not prisons.
*Keep Public Schools Public. Don’t contract out management of our schools and school services to the lowest bidder. Respect the collective bargaining rights of school employees.
*Keep Neighborhood Schools Open. We need accessible schools that are hubs of community life, not more abandoned buildings.
*Educators, Parents, Students and the Community Must Have a Voice. The voices of thousands of parents, students, educators, school workers and community members cannot be ignored. These are our schools. We will not be shut out.
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools representing parents, students, educators and school employees, and concerned community members fighting for better public schools. Contact us at email@example.com