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 […]

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 […]

Tongue in cheek nominations for seats on the SRC

I am inspired by a blog entry by George Bezanis titled “Losing my virginity to the SRC” in which he addresses the SRC at the recent meeting regarding charter school approvals. I recommend that you read his presentation on his blog – here is a link: http://www.Phillyteachersdesk.blogspot.com I have requested in other blog entries that […]

There is still a long road to travel…

I have been reading  John Lewis’ memoir “Walking With the Wind” and Taylor Branch’s “At Canaan’s Edge” to refresh my memory about the events surrounding the March from Selma to Montgomery in preparation of seeing the movie “Selma” that has just been released. I have included a picture of the Edmund Pettis Bridge across the […]

A democratic movement to fund schools

Yesterday I was able to attend the PFT rally held at the Philadelphia School District office building on North Broad Street and I will attach some photos to this blog entry. It was encouraging to find that the crowd was full of parents, teachers, students, union members, and concerned citizens and numbered about 3,000 in […]