Group Says Some Philly Schools Are Getting Short Shrift

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — About a dozen members of a citizen activist group protested today in front of the School District of Philadelphia offices, saying the distribution of the most experienced teachers is not fair and equitable, and neither is the education of children across the school district.

William Browning (holding bullhorn in photo), legislative and educational director for Action United, says this is not a new problem: that more experienced teachers are opting for schools in the northeast or southwest sections of the city.

“Those schools are progressively successful,” Browning says, “but in the inner city schools the large proportion of teachers that are there have less than three years’ experience.  And our schools are continuously failing.”

And the schools with the more experienced teachers, AU says in a new report, receive more money to handle the higher salaries of the more experienced teachers.

Browning says AU would like to see the money spread out equally, and go to support inexperienced teachers.

Frances (no last name given), a concerned parent and grandparent, agrees.

“My kids had new teachers, and they came home with papers and said, ‘Mom, can you help me with this?’ “, she recalls.  ” ‘Well, didn’t you go over this while you were there?’ ‘Uh, no.’ ”

Our calls to the School District of Philadelphia were not immediately returned.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. bottomline says:

    The reason school busing began, back in the late 50‘s, was to assure there was school equality amongst the races. Now it seems the experienced good teachers are moving, which in effect, is reversing the original motivation for busing. Now is the time to stop this ridiculous, expensive nonsense of busing children all over the map to achieve a goal that was there all the time – good parenting! Put down the bogus banners, this Politically Correct baloney is getting old. Parents do your job and stop passing the buck. Better if you remove your failing children from our schools so the children from good homes can get the education they deserve and earned, from the same exact teachers and schools your putting down.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I have seen this as well. I’ve been in shock since the beginning of this school year. No teaching at all. Just hand out copies from book lessons and check for any participation – right or wrong answers.

  3. Get Real says:

    “My kids had new teachers, and they came home with papers and said, ‘Mom, can you help me with this?’ “, she recalls. ” ‘Well, didn’t you go over this while you were there?’ ‘Uh, no.’ “ – these people are a complete joke…….

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