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.
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.
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!