Media Mobilizing Project has created an amazing new project to share the personal stories of parents, students and educators in Philadelphia's public schools. Their website, "Voices from our Public Schools" collects these stories to create a larger narrative around why people love their public schools and how they feel Pennsylvania's education budget cuts have hurt them.
Media Mobilizing Project is the group responsible for a previous video series on Philadelphia public schools, "Revival from the Roots: Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools." This new project expands on that work, giving parents and others an opportunity to directly share how important their schools are for their children and their communities. Parents from across Philadelphia are recorded talking about why they love their schools, what they most love about them, and ways they feel their schools could improve. The videos are then mapped onto an interactive map, allowing you to directly connect the stories with both the schools they talk about and the communities surrounding them.
These stories tell of day-to-day victories and struggles, with parents fighting against charter school takeovers, raising money to offset budget cuts, and working together with teachers and administrators to create school environments that allow every child to have a real opportunity to learn.
The map of videos is below, so spend a few minutes to check them out! If you are involved with a neighborhood public school, you can also share you stories here. More information on the project is available here.