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We Said We’d Be Back


Tell Dr. Ackerman and the SRC:
Make Students, Teachers and Communities the Priority.
We Demand Fully Funded Schools.

In this moment of Budget Cuts and Massive Teacher and Staff Lay-offs, the School District continues to make decisions to dismantle our public schools.

Teacher Action Group, along with the Endorsement of the PFT, is calling for The People’s SRC Meeting.

This Tuesday, June 21st, join hundreds of teachers, students, parents and community members in taking back local control of OUR District.

Give and hear Public Testimony on the human impact of the SRC’s budget and priorities.
Vote on real Resolutions for School Reform.
Show what True Leadership looks like.

What: The People’s SRC Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 21st @ 5pm
Where: School District Building.  440 North Broad St.

Some background: The School Reform Commission (SRC), imposed upon the Philadelphia School District in 2001, is an undemocratic body. They are not elected and have no way of being held accountable. Especially given what happened at the June 13th SRC meeting, as the SRC and District forcibly restricted teachers and citizens from participating, it is time to show this District what democracy looks like.

Come out Tuesday June 21st to the school district building for a rally and The People’s SRC Meeting at 5:00 to demand the District prioritize fully and equitably funded schools.


Fully and Equitably Funded Schools mean:

  • Small Class Sizes – NO Teacher Lay-offs
  • Keep Schools PUBLIC – Stop privatizing our schools
  • Art and Music Opportunities
  • Science and Social Studies – Not just Test Prep
  • Counselors and Social Workers
  • English Language Learning support
  • Special Education
  • Transportation
  • Libraries and Certified Librarians
  • Accelerated Schools


We refuse to let the District, city and state sell-out our students, teachers and communities to the highest bidder in order to ‘balance their budget.’

The TIME IS NOW to continue our pressure and move our collective energy toward winning systemic change in this District.

Curriculum Fair and Summit — A HUGE Success

Philadelphia’s Second Annual

Education for Liberation Curriculum Fair and Citywide Summit

Toward an Anti-Racist, Pro-Student, Non-Standardized Education

Building OUR Power for School Change in OUR City
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Folk Arts and Cultural Treasures School

1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

We had an incredible turn out of educators, students, and community members.   Together we explored a variety of issues within social justice education.

Check out the Schedule of Events

Throughout the day, there will be:

Curriculum Exhibits – Workshops  – Community Resources

9:30am – 2pm

The morning Curriculum Fair featured unit and lesson plans, projects, resources, and best practices for social justice education. This was a space for educators to connect and exchange, learn from each other, and take new ideas back to their own classrooms.

2pm – 5pm

The afternoon Summit was be a space for building stronger community alliances for education justice, as parents, students, community members, and educators.

Co-Sponsored by Philadelphia Student Union and ACTION United

Community School Budget Forum

TAG invites you to participate in: A Community Budget Forum

Wednesday, March 23, 6-8pm
Calvary UMC (48th St. and Baltimore Ave)

Your Voice, Your Schools
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Come to hear from knowledgeable speakers, discuss the current budget crisis, and stand up for our schools.

Panelists include:

Alan Butkovitz, City Controller

State Representative James Roebuck, Democratic Chair of House Education Committee

David Lapp, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center

Dr. “Torch” Lytle, UPenn Professor and former District administrator

Joshua Glenn, Youth Self-Empowerment Project

A staff member from the PFT

Join other teachers, students, parents and some of the city’s decision makers to discuss:

Teacher layoffs
School closings
Renaissance Schools and Promise Academies
Impacts in the classroom
Community involvement

Co-sponsored by Action United and Education not Incarceration

The SRC Can’t Lock Us Out Forever

Over 100 teachers, parents and students showed up at the March 16th SRC meeting to demand a voice in OUR schools' futures.

Over 100 teachers, parents and students showed up at the SRC meeting to demand a voice in OUR schools’ futures.  Even though 75 of us were locked out in a hallway for over 2.5 hours, we stayed strong in our message that we must BRING DEMOCRACY BACK in Philadelphia.  Our speakers testified on the harsh and depressing realities of teaching in Broken Promise Academies, as well as the countless ways that communities have been undercut and ignored in the Renaissance Schools process.

However, the SRC bulldozed over communities’ convictions and demands against privatizing our schools, and handed over 8 public schools into private, outside charter managers.

It is clear that the momentum is building.  We must continue to work together as teachers, parents and students to reclaim public schools for the PUBLIC.

The Struggle Continues


This Wednesday, March 16th, the Struggle Continues!


Come out to the SRC to Demand:


* An End to Silencing Teachers and Students

* A Real Voice in School Change for Students, Parents, Teachers and Community Members

*  A Transparent Process of School Change


Two weeks ago TAG demonstrated at the School District Headquarters, over five hundred strong, to demand an end to the exclusion of parents, students, teachers, and community residents from school reform, an end to the intimidation of teachers and students, and for a democratic, transparent process.

Since then, things have intensified:

* The District has moved to terminate Hope Moffett, allegedly for “endangering students’ welfare.”   But, as even the District’s own confused recounting of the charges against Moffett indicates, her real “misconduct” was her outspoken criticism of the District’s actions at Audenreid and her unwillingness to submit to a gag order.

* The District continues to forge ahead with handing over schools to outside providers, even against mounting student and community protest, and without providing legitimate or consistent data.

* The Governor has announced the gruesome state budget, stripping at least half a billion dollars from our schools.

* Protests are spreading throughout the city — from Audenreid to King to Olney to the steps of 440.

While the SRC’s vote to fire Hope Moffett might not happen next Wednesday thanks to the efforts of the PFT and their injunction against the school district, we still need to be there to stand up for Moffett and against the culture of fear and intimidation that we all experience day in, day out.

On March 16th, the SRC will also be asked to approve outside provider matches for 8 more schools slated for privatization.  In spite of growing opposition, in spite of the biggest budget crisis in thirty years, in spite of no substantive evidence that the Renaissance Schools project works, the District forges ahead.


On March 16th, hundreds of teachers will be there to say NO to intimidation, exclusion, and top down decisions.


Upwards of 600 Demand Full Inclusion in School Reform in Philadelphia

Hundreds of teachers, students, parents and community members rallied for our true decision-making power in school change.

Upwards of 600 people rallied at School District Headquarters on Friday, February 25th, demanding an end to student and teacher intimidation by the District and a full and legitimate role in decision-making about the future of Philadelphia Public Schools.

Teachers, students, parents and community members from all across the city responded to a call issued by the Teacher Action Group, making Friday’s turnout the largest in history at 440 N. Broad St.

Impassioned speeches were given by TAG members David Kirui, Bridget Finnegan, Frank Murphy, and Mary Del Salvio; Audenreid 11th grader, Maurice Johnson and Audenreid teacher, Hope Moffett; Asian Americans United leader, Helen Gym; Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign organizer, Cheri Honkala; and PFT President, Jerry Jordan sent a statement to be read in his absence.

Maurice Johnson, Audenreid 11th grader

Speakers addressed the democratic right of teachers and students to speak our opinions and ask questions of our District.  They spoke on the detrimental effects of the District labeling our schools and our students as “failures” and then handing them over to outside providers.  Speakers also stressed the importance of the District looking to communities for guidance in making decisions about the future of our schools, and giving us a transparent and open process for being a part of school reform.

"More collaboration. No intimidation!"

From Cairo to Wisconsin, communities are gathering momentum and demanding dignity and respect.  The movement is truly gathering energy in Philadelphia.

Please join TAG as we continue to build with students, parents and communities to demand to be part of making the decisions for OUR schools, in OUR city!

We will NOT be intimidated! Rally THIS Friday, February 25th

Teacher Action Group calls on teachers, students, parents and all supporters of Public Education.

Tell Dr. Ackerman and the SRC:

“We will NOT be intimidated!”

Rally for Public Education

Friday, February 25th at  4:00pm

440 N. Broad St.

We DEMAND that the School District of Philadelphia:

1. Give Students, Parents, Teachers and Community Members a legitimate role in directing School Reform in Philadelphia

Students, Parents, Educators and Communities have first-hand experiences and ideas about what needs to change in our schools.  The District consistently offers us only symbolic advisory roles that have no real impact on final decision-making.  We DEMAND to be a part of the decisions that will affect our lives and our schools.

2.     Stop Intimidating Teachers and Students

We have a Democratic Right to express our opinions and ask questions of our District.  These are OUR schools.  We DEMAND the District stop threatening and disciplining our teachers and students who speak out.

3.     Have a Transparent Process of School Change

The District is targeting our schools by calling them “failures” without showing us adequate data to back up their decisions.  The District is continuing to take over schools without proof that the Renaissance Schools process is even working.  We DEMAND answers and transparency.

Join us!

Friday, February 25th at 4:00pm
440 N. Broad St.


We WILL NOT be intimidated!

We WILL be HEARD!

Even if we have to wear a disguise, we will stand up and speak out.

For more information, contact rally4phillypublicschools@gmail.com

Download Poster Here -> 022511_rally_poster

Justice in the Classroom — Upcoming Professional Development by and for ALL Educators

Join TAG’s Restorative Justice Working Committee as we gather educators from across the city for this important workshop on Restorative Justice Practices.

TAG’s 2nd Annual…

JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19TH, 10AM- 1 PM

1910 North Front Street Philadelphia

• Get support & share challenges to and strategies for non-punitive classroom management and institutional change

• Hear from Philadelphia public school teachers and students about concrete and successful peer mediation and restorative practices

• Brainstorm ideas for advocacy and implementation

*Refreshments will be provided*

RSVP or any Questions?

TAGRESTORATIVEJUSTICE@GMAIL.COM