Philly School Board. Diverse? Yes. Public School Advocates? Not So Much.

Mayor Kenney just announced the 9 members of the new school board, and he deserves recognition for the diversity of the new members. Choosing diversity is a good first step, but it must be accompanied with choosing members who demonstrate a commitment to full and fair funding for public schools. That is not so evident […]

Disabilities Act of 2017

House bill 620 – the Americans with Disability Act of 2017 The cowardice and lack of integrity of the Republican Party was on full display yesterday when the House passed the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 that effectively gutted disability rights in this country. This bill was passed the day after the school […]

Using photography as part of a social justice curriculum

This photograph is from the John Mosely collection and was taken in 1962. The demonstration took place at the construction site for the public school at Strawberry Mansion, and the people in the neighborhood were protesting because all of the construction workers were white – the construction took place in an African American community and […]

Trump Cabinet selections and some suggestions for others

Just another reminder to Trump voters and non-voters in the Presidential election – here is what you own now. Two recent selections are Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education – DeVos is a person who has not attended public schools and her children have never attended public schools. She has no background in education nor […]