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Parents Sue State, Say it Failed to Probe Problems in Phila. schools
Kristen A. Graham | Inquirer Staff Writer September 09, 2014
The state Education Department has violated its legal obligation to investigate claims of "massive curriculum deficiencies" in city schools, a group of Philadelphia School District parents claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The group, including seven district parents and the group Parents United for Public Education, filed the suit in Commonwealth Court.
A separate suit about education funding is forthcoming, said officials with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, which represents the parents in the suit filed Tuesday.
During the 2013-14 school year, parents filed 825 complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Education on issues ranging from overcrowding to "squalid and insufficient toilet facilities." The problems all stem from district-level budget cuts made necessary by a lack of state funds, the parents said. » Continue Reading
Parents Sue Over Philadelphia School Conditions
By Dan McQuade | Philly Magazine | September 09, 2014
Parents United for Public Education and seven parents filed suit against the acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Meanwhile, 23 Pennsylvania senators want the state to investigate complaints.
Seven Philadelphia parents and the Parents United for Public Education group are suing over the conditions of Philadelphia’s public schools. The petitioners are represented by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
In the suit, to be filed against acting Pennsylvania education secretary Carolyn Dumaresq, the parents say the state has failed in its constitutional mandate to “receive and investigate allegations of curriculum deficiencies.” Parents United says it delivered 825 complaints about school conditions to Dumaresq that were not followed up on.
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We will not be silent: What parents want around state accountability
By Helen Gym | Philadelphia Public School - The Notebook | September 11, 2014
A child dealt with the death of a parent with no counselor available during a time of extreme distress.
A high school student started each period searching for desks and chairs, because her classes were so overcrowded.
A 7-year-old with emotional and learning needs began regressing and scratched himself bloody during class, because a classroom aide and full-time counselor were no longer available like they were the year before.
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