Monday, is the first day of school for the School District of Philadelphia. Approximately, 138,000 students will be walking into an unsafe environment. According to Parents United for Public Education and the Notebook the following will be true:
- There will be 1 nurse for every 1500 students
- There will be 1 assistant principal if the school has over 850 students and no admin support if they have fewer
- No librarians
- No full time counselors, if the school has less than 600 students, which means 60% of the returning 138,000 students will not have one
Parents have many questions and concerns. Who will administer medication as nurses are floating unsuccessfully between their newly assigned quotas? Who will begin and maintain IEP’s? What about the emotional concerns and well-being of the students?
My daughter’s life became much easier at her current school as a result of amazing teachers, the support staff, and most importantly her school counselor. I refuse to send her back to a charter school where she was bullied by students and adults alike, and I cannot afford the local private choices. Our last effort is to make our claims known legally. This link here will make you aware of the claim process. And all parents should make claims regardless if your child receives specialized services or not. You can even contact the State Department hotline if you observe a lack of services at 1-800-879-2301.
Continue to watch for upcoming meetings in order to get your voice heard. Review the information distributed by Parents United for Public Education, The School District of Philadelphia, your local Home and School Association, and Teacher Action Group – Philly (TAG).
War is being waged on all of our children and it is up to us to let the powers that be realize that we will not go away quietly. This fight is for EVERYONE, no matter if your children attend public school or not. No one is safe when prisons are more valuable than schools. No one is safe when more children are encouraged to drop out from overcrowded classrooms than to become viable educated citizens. No one is safe when the adults that were successful in their own educational journey continue to make decisions that will not afford the next generation the same opportunity.