Category: Updates from Our Team

Mark Gleason’s testimony before City Council in support of property tax increase for schools

Mark Gleason, Resident, Taxpayer, Public-School Parent, and Executive Director of the Philadelphia School Partnership Good afternoon. My name is Mark Gleason. I am here today as a city taxpayer, a public-school parent and as executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, a nonprofit focused on increasing access to educational opportunity. I am here to urge …

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In case you missed it: A few of last week’s must-reads

In case you missed it on Friday, the Inquirer ran a powerful op-ed from four public charter and waitlist parents urgently calling on city and state leaders to give more families access to schools that are working. They write: “Year after year, tens of thousands of Philadelphia families are forced to send their kids to schools that are, …

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No More Waiting: Watch the new ad from PSAP

Today, the Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners (PSP’s sister advocacy organization) launched a campaign to elevate the voices of thousands of families who don’t want to keep waiting for high-quality educational opportunities. Watch the first television ad at nomorewaiting.org. Mike Wang, executive director of PSAP, said in today’s Inquirer: “There’s a clear message for anyone who is currently in …

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In today’s Inquirer, a must read op-ed

In today’s Inquirer, two civic leaders co-authored a great op-ed about the need to change the local dialogue around charter schools. Read it here.Sharmain Matlock-Turner and Michael Pearson write about a recently released study showing that urban charter schools in Philadelphia have increased educational opportunity for our city’s most disadvantaged students.We agree: it is critical to act on …

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Great News: Two Philly high schools to plan for turnaround

Yesterday we announced four investments in public and private schools, including our first investments to help transform a neighborhood district high school – Roxborough High – and a Catholic High School, Neumann-Goretti in South Philadelphia.   Read about the investments in today’s Inquirer. These investments underscore the fact that Philadelphia has great schools of all types, but …

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More money isn’t enough: Our reaction to Governor Wolf’s budget address

In yesterday’s budget address, Governor Wolf presented his proposal for a substantial increase in education spending. It’s encouraging to see the Governor make investing in education a priority, but funding without reform won’t solve our education crisis. Without changes to the public pension system and labor contracts, a substantial portion of this new spending won’t make it to …

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Our reaction to last night’s charter votes

Last night, the SRC voted to approve five of the 39 charter school applications, each with a track record of providing excellent educational opportunities to disadvantaged students. We’re thrilled for the 2,600 families who will get to attend a great new school, but we are deeply disappointed that thousands of students will not get the same opportunity …

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Our response: An analysis of the cost of charter school expansion

The mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership is to expand the number of great schools in Philadelphia—district-run schools, public charter schools, and private and Catholic schools—thereby increasing access to quality education for low-income families. This mission aligns with the stated goals of Governor Wolf, Mayor Nutter, Superintendent Hite and the School Reform Commission. Dr. Hite’s …

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Speaker Turzai: "This is about the kids."

In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai penned a powerful op-ed calling on the SRC to immediately approve all high-quality applicants for new charter schools.The facts could not be clearer. Tens of thousands of children linger on charter school waitlists, forced to attend schools that fail to meet their needs. And some of Philadelphia’s best …

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Speaker Turzai to SRC: Approve All High Quality Charters

Yesterday, Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai delivered a clear message to the School Reform Commission: approving at least 13 charter applications from proven school operators is common sense for Philadelphia families.Speaker Turzai – along with State Representatives John Taylor, Jordan Harris, Jason Dawkins and Vanessa Brown – came to Mastery Shoemaker in West Philadelphia for a roundtable discussion with …

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