Philadelphia school district parents and community members hold special meeting

Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 10:21 PM CDT
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Parents for Public Schools of Philadelphia, Community Core Coalition and the Black Empowerment Organization hosted a community forum meeting Thursday night, as an opportunity for the community to voice concerns about the school district.

Community Core Coalition member Anton Cole said the school board, administration, and city officials were asked to attend.

“I am really pleased with the amount of people in the community who came out to show their support. They really show they are invested in doing what is best for the school system and what’s best for the community. I am really disappointed that none of the administrators were able to make it. I think this was an opportunity for everybody on both sides of the table to sit down and try to devise some kind of an action plan for what we can do,” said Cole.

Two Board of Aldermen members and two School Board members were in attendance.

Some of the bigger issues discussed were teacher retention rates, accountability ratings, leadership and student behavior.

Former Philadelphia School District Educator Dorine Sims spoke passionately about her time teaching in the district. Sims said behavioral issues should never stop a teacher from trying to get through to a student.

“I feel like every teacher that is affiliated with schools should have the passion. You have to have passion for children. You have to want to see them learn and succeed. I have a passion for it and I just love teaching children and I want to see them succeed in life,” said Sims.

After hearing the concerns of many parents and community members present, Cole said it’s that kind of commitment that will move the district forward.

“I think we showed the community that we are able to stand together and do something to make a change. I think we are finally moving in the right direction and identifying how important it is to the people of Philadelphia to make the school better and the community better,” said Cole.

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