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What We Do

Mission: Launched in 2014, Educational Opportunities for Families (EOF) is a grassroots organization made up of families from across Philadelphia united by the belief that access to a great school should not be determined by a child’s address. We are dedicated to providing a voice to under-represented families who seek better educational options for their children.

The Time for Action is Now

If Philadelphia’s wealthy or well connected families had to send their children to a failing neighborhood school do you think the outcry would be louder? How fast would the politicians and school district officials move to fix the problem?

15,230 students are stranded in 24 failing district neighborhood schools. These schools are 70 percent African American and 79 percent economically disadvantaged.

There are more than 8,000 students in high performing district neighborhood schools. However, these schools are only 16 percent African American, and 47 percent economically disadvantaged.

Philadelphia is a world class city, Philadelphia’s families deserve a world class education. Yet too many Philadelphia students are stranded in schools which are failing to provide the education they deserve.

Philadelphia schools are among the worst-performing and inequitable in the state, yet many of our leaders seem content with the status quo…are you?

26 percent of students in grades 3-8 scored below basic on the English Language Arts PSSA.
59 percent of students in grades 3-8 scored below basic on the Math PSSA.
28 percent of high school students scored below basic on the Algebra I Keystone Exam.
25 percent of high school students scored below basic on the Literature Keystone Exam.
Philadelphia’s graduation rate is almost 20 points below the state average of 86 percent.
58 percent of students attending a District school had 9 or more unexcused absences.
Just 10 percent of the District’s educators are rated as Distinguished in their annual evaluations.
Our Commitment to Philadelphia Families and Students
Nearly 20,000 students are stuck in Philadelphia schools which are by any measure failing them. We will not stop until each and every one of them is attending a great school.

Educational Opportunities for Families is fighting for:

Equal Access: Every student, no matter their neighborhood or economic situation, should have an equal opportunity to attend a great public school. That begins with the School District of Philadelphia ending its discriminatory enrollment practices that segregate the wealthy and well connected from everyone else.

Improvement: Great public schools should be expanded and poor performing public schools should be closed or transformed because no child should be forced to attend a failing school.

Fair Funding: The District needs additional resources, but existing funding should be directed to the schools and students that need it most.

Results: Schools must prepare students to get jobs and compete in the real world. We will hold the Mayor, School Board and Superintendent accountable for whether students are graduating, prepared to tackle their next challenge.

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