TAG is launching a new media campaign: Toxic Schools 215: A Tale of Two Cities.
We live in two very different cities. One is for our public school students, mostly Black, Brown, and living in poverty. It features toxic lead, leaky roofs, and unbearable temperatures in the buildings where children are trying to learn. The other is a playground for the wealthy developers who benefit from Philly’s ten-year tax abatement. They charge millions for luxurious new residences, and instead of paying their fair share to fund our schools, they walk away with the profit.
These conditions are a direct result of the racial capitalism we live under, which says our students’ education matters less than money in the pockets of these mostly white, already wealthy developers. As educators in these schools, we say no to profit over our students’ health and education. Together with The Caucus of Working Educators, we demand:
- Ending the ten-year tax abatement for the wealthy and requiring big universities and mega non-profits to pay their fair share through PILOTS
- Lead remediation in all schools that have toxic lead — not just the 40 schools the District has selected
- Robust pest control and air conditioners in every learning space in order to alleviate asthma, which is a widespread cause of suffering and absenteeism among Philly children.