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Fighting For Great Schools

Educational Opportunities for Families (EOF) and our dedicated families are on the ground each day working to ensure every child has access to a world-class education. Here’s what you need to be aware of…
With the support of Mayor Kenney, the School Reform Commission (SRC) has voted to dissolve itself and steps are being taken to shift to a Mayor-appointed, 9-member school board effective July 1, 2018.

EOF is fighting to ensure that the interests and concerns of Philadelphia families are being considered during this transition. This includes:

Ensuring the nomination and selection process of school board candidates is unbiased.

Holding the Mayor and City Council accountable for the appointment and confirmation of high-quality candidates, who represent the needs of all students and not a particular interest group.

Ensuring this transition does not threaten a family’s right to access the best school option for their child.

Preserving the District’s Renaissance Charter program, which was established under the SRC.

Updates on the Creation of the New School Board

December 2017:  EOF’s Executive Director testified before City Council’s Law and Government Committee on an amendment to the City’s Charter that would allow for the confirmation of a Mayor-appointed school board. Check out our testimony: EOF Testimony Before City Council – 12.12.17

April 2018:  Mayor Kenney has announced the names of the people who will make up the new school board. In the coming days and weeks we will learn more about these nine individuals but, more importantly, we must take the next few months to educate this new board on what we (as parents and families of school-age children) need from our neighborhood schools. With more than 15,000 students currently stranded in failing neighborhood schools, it is more important than ever that the voices of our community demanding equity in our City’s education system are heard. We encourage parents and families, and citizens of Philadelphia to attend one of the new board’s community learning sessions (listed below) and make sure these nine people understand that every student deserves access to a great school.

Dobbins CTE High School: Wednesday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Philadelphia Library: Saturday, May 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Blackwell Regional Library West: Thursday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Coleman Regional Library: Friday, May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
*Lawncrest Branch – Free Library of Philadelphia: Wednesday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (*Location change)

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