Welcome to the Public Education Collaborative
We wish to harness the professed Quaker concern for public education to effect change in public schools, to build a legislative lobby that advocates for full funding of public schools, and to promote legislation that has a positive impact on our schools. We believe we can achieve this through:
- Hosting an annual gathering for PYM Friends about public education concerns so that all Friends understand what is happening within public education and the many ways Friends can be a positive and productive presence in its improvement.
- Creating a trained body that advocates for high quality public education for all.
- Encouraging Friends, meetings and Friends schools to provide direct service to public schools.
- Serving as a resource clearinghouse to share about public education concerns
We wish to build a yearly meeting-wide commitment to a public school system that more broadly accomplishes equitable educational opportunity by:
- Finding tangible ways to support public school teachers, administrators and children.
- Working against the privatization of schools whether through charter schools or other attempts to divert educational funds to private companies.
- Collaborating with other groups supporting public education, including the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Read by Fourth Program.
- Vastly increasing the number of Quakers working in and for public schools by providing training and ongoing support to those interested.
- Lobbying our local, state and national legislators on behalf of legislation that constructively impacts public education.
- Curating and disseminating information about the inequities and issues facing public education so that all Friends know, understand, and appreciate the stake we all have in its effective functioning.
Jean and Peter Warrington- Chestnut Hill Meeting
Sydney Coffin- Germantown Meeting
Allison Letts- attender of West Philadelphia Meeting
Bill Van Stone and JoAnn Seaver- Green Street Meeting
Barbara Dale- attender of Green Street Meeting (QVS Fellow)
Penny Colgan-Davis- Germantown Meeting
We see this work as anti-racist, which aligns with our corporate witness to undo racism and white supremacy. This collaborative holds the intention of supporting communities of color in advocating for equity and justice in their children’s education, thus dismantling what is often referred to as the school to prison pipeline. Additionally, the Public Education Collaborative lifts up the importance of promoting desegregation of all Philadelphia schools in order to close the equity gap and build beloved community.