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File #: 220397    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/5/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/12/2022
Title: Honoring the 125th Anniversary of the education justice and parent and caregiver advocacy organization, the Philadelphia Home and School Council, which continues its long legacy of establishing diverse and representative Home and School Associations, sponsoring workshops to train advocates, and empowering marginalized school communities, by giving Philadelphians voice and power in the decisions that shape their children's' schooling.
Sponsors: Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22039700, 2. Signature22039700
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Honoring the 125th Anniversary of the education justice and parent and caregiver advocacy organization, the Philadelphia Home and School Council, which continues its long legacy of establishing diverse and representative Home and School Associations, sponsoring workshops to train advocates, and empowering marginalized school communities, by giving Philadelphians voice and power in the decisions that shape their children's' schooling.

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WHEREAS, The work of the Philadelphia Home and School Council (PHSC) dates back to the organization of the "National Congress of Mothers" in Washington DC, February 17, 1897, where Philadelphia women organized the "Mother's Club of Philadelphia" to promote wider use of public schools in Philadelphia. Thereafter, the first neighborhood school-based councils and other local advocacy organizations began forming in 1900. In 1909, a conference of these organizations formed a League of Home and School Associations to establish closer relations between the home and school in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In 1926, the League reorganized as a County Council of the Pennsylvania Congress and of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and was renamed the Philadelphia County Council of Home and School Associations. The PHSC has since grown rapidly in influence. Since 1965, the PHSC has helped pass the Home Rule Charter Educational Supplement, gained representation rights at negotiations between the Board of Education and the teachers union, organized and won more funding for public schools from Harrisburg, instituted the Parents' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and was responsible for the Quality Education Survey of 1975; and

WHEREAS, Today, PHSC continues its mission to train all Philadelphia parents on how to become education activists to ensure their communities are protected against student displacement and so that each student has an equitable and holistic educational experience; and

WHEREAS, PHSC fulfills this mi...

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