PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and elected officials will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of Pennsylvania charter schools

Philadelphia, PA – Parents, activists, and elected officials will rally at City Hall Friday at noon in advance of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s 1pm hearing on Charter School accountability and oversight in Pennsylvania.  Ralliers will call for more oversight of Pennsylvania’s and Philadelphia’s charter schools and demand accountability for schools that spend public education dollars.  PCAPS will also release a report, “Restoring the Public Trust: Public Accountability for Pennsylvania Charter Schools,” that calls for commonsense regulation and oversight of PA charter schools to guarantee they are committed to properly educating students.

The report calls for curbs on profiteering and draining money from public schools, transparent and representative governance, rigorous oversight, and open access to a diverse student population.  The report also calls for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, supports for excellent and experienced teachers, an end to fights for facilities with public schools, and an end to the cyberschool boondoggle.  It offers specific steps and policies in services of these goals and the best features of charters.

Read the report: http://wearepcaps.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/pcaps_publictrust_hires.pdf

Speakers will include public and charter school parents, State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and a retired teacher and PFT member.  Speakers will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of charters to guarantee quality education with public money and that charters fulfil their mission to innovate and contribute to educational opportunities. Ralliers will also highlight the many allegations of fraud and abuse at Philadelphia charter schools.

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, , State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

WHAT:

Rally for charter school accountability and oversight

WHEN:

Friday, March 14, 2014, noon

WHERE:

Northeast corner of City Hall

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, graphics of charter school abuse

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PCAPS is a coalition of students, parents, and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system. Members of the coalition include ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change.

 

http://www.wearepcaps.org

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