In part inspired by the efforts of the parents of Andrew Jackson Elementary in South Philly, a group of West Philly Parents has formed the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools to start the conversation.
A post on the PhiladelphiaSpeaks forum stated
As a West Philly parent of an infant, toddler or preschooler, are you concerned about your choices for kindergarten and beyond? Do you want for your neighborhood school to be the best choice for your children? Do you want to start the hard work of closing the disparities in educational options in our West Philly neighborhoods?
Join the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools and lets talk about what we can do to improve our neighborhood schools.
The first message was posted to this group on June 16 and there are less than 60 members as of this writing, so it is too early to say whether this group will be able to build momentum and bring about substantive changes, but is encouraging to see parents stepping up like this around the city. For too long we have scapegoated teachers and schools for the problems we have teaching our children. Parents at home, parents being involved at school–those are really the key factors to improving a school system.