Category Archives: Injustice

Pottstown: Guidance Counselors are essential.

This video, part of a project called “Stories Behind the Numbers,” highlights the injustice in Pennsylvania’s formula for funding school districts. Focusing on Pottstown, one of the top five school districts with the highest disparity in funding, I interviewed parents, kids, teachers, administrators, school board members and community members to hear the impact firsthand.

The four-month-long project was done with in collaboration with a team from POWER, an interfaith organization representing more than 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

In this story, an elementary school teacher describes the consequences of having no guidance counselor for her sometimes troubled students.

Photography: Kevin Hoffman

Pottstown: Ensuring students have adequate funding is essential

This video, part of a project called “Stories Behind the Numbers,” highlights the injustice in Pennsylvania’s formula for funding school districts. Focusing on Pottstown, one of the top five school districts with the highest disparity in funding, I interviewed parents, kids, teachers, administrators, school board members and community members to hear the impact firsthand.

The four-month-long project was done with in collaboration with a team from POWER, an interfaith organization representing more than 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Pottstown School Superintendent opens with this story: “Let’s assume that you’re really sick. How much do resources matter then? Which do you want? Two Tylenol? Or all the interventions necessary to bring about a cure?”

Education is no different, when you consider the how some students have to get by with much less than their affluent suburban counterparts.

Photography: Kevin Hoffman

Pottstown: Keeping high quality educators is essential

This video, part of a project called “Stories Behind the Numbers,” highlights the injustice in Pennsylvania’s formula for funding school districts. Focusing on Pottstown, one of the top five school districts with the highest disparity in funding, I interviewed parents, kids, teachers, administrators, school board members and community representatives to hear the impact firsthand.

The four-month-long project was done with in collaboration with a team from POWER, an interfaith organization representing more than 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

This story opens with Pottstown Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez describing the frustration of losing talented teachers to suburban districts able to pay them $5,000-10,000 more than he can.

Photography: Kevin Hoffman

Pottstown: Tale of Two Cities

This video, part of a project called “Stories Behind the Numbers,” highlights the injustice in Pennsylvania’s formula for funding school districts. Focusing on Pottstown, one of the top five school districts with the highest disparity in funding, I interviewed parents, kids, teachers, administrators, school board members and community members to hear the impact firsthand.

The four-month-long project was done with in collaboration with a team from POWER, an interfaith organization representing more than 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Courteney Parry launches the narrative in this story. She contrasts the resources at Pottstown High School with those at a nearby suburban district from which she transferred at the end of her sophomore year.

Photography: Kevin Hoffman

First person narratives give voice to the voiceless

Jenny

Jenny Dougherty teaches English Language Arts at Freire Charter Middle School.

Want to get Philadelphia 8th graders to write? Ask them to create first person narratives — or poems or raps — about the experience of gun violence. That’s what Freire Charter Middle School teacher Jenny Hopkins-Daugherty did, and her students rose to the occasion. Jenny credits Need in Deed’s My Voice framework as the inspiration for this idea.

Hear them read their work:

Jamal Hughes

Fainese Morris

Kevin ScottBrian & David King

Nafir Royal

Brian Johnson

Blair Hatch

Fainese

 

 

Philadelphians march for jobs, justice and education

This year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of Philadelphians took to the streets to register their dissatisfaction with racial inequity, as expressed through a low minimum wage, underfunded public schools and a concern about racial profiling by police and in other institutions.

While the day has typically been marked by service, many chose to expand their definition of King’s legacy through peaceful protest. A highlight was a tribute concert in Dr. King’s honor held in the Girard College Chapel, with music by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This day also marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, King’s historic visit to Philadelphia, and his speech at the gates of the College.

40 Years Ordained: 2000 Years in Ministry

In 1974 Philadelphia was the site of a historic event in the history of the Episcopal Church: the “irregular” ordination of women as priests. Against the backdrop of the women’s moment, this upstart action caught the attention of the worldwide church. I used the 40th anniversary celebration of the ordinations as the opportunity to interview women and men about the impact of that landmark event.
Photography: Michaela Prell