Media Mobilizing Project has released two of three videos in their series “Revival From the Roots: Tour of Philly’s Neighborhood Schools” which follows Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Helen Gym, parent and award-winning education advocate, as they tour Philadelphia’s schools and speak to students, parents and teachers. ” The Revival From the Roots series is produced by the Media Mobilizing Project in collaboration with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and Parents United for Public Education.
Part one (above) features West Philadelphia, and the school communities at West Philadelphia High, Henry C. Lea Elementary, Alexander Elementary, Berry Elementary, and Wilson Elementary School (now closed).
In part two, Jordan and Gym visit Steel Elementary School in the Nicetown neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Steel is the last public school in Nicetown (the rest have closed or turned into charter schools). Philadelphia School District announced at the beginning of April that Steel was being targeted for a charter school conversion. Parents will vote on May 1 on whether they think the school should be converted (although the School Reform Commission has the final say).
Watch part two below:
Part three will feature Luis Muñoz Marín School and will be released later this spring.
Read more about part one: mediamobilizing.org/updates/announcing-revival-roots and part two: mediamobilizing.org/updates/revival-roots-part-2
(Featured image via mediamobilizing.org)
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