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Petition to Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mayor Kenny, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia Democratic City Committee, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Philadelphia School Partnership, Board of Education - The School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tom Wolf

Stop String Theory Charter School from Punishing A Single Mother

The Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (PPACS), a string theory charter school, is threatening to dis-enroll Amin Branch because his mother, Nadira Branch, MPA, must return to West Africa to complete her Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. Nadira's request for an extended family leave of absence falls within page 41 of the school's student handbook, yet the school has vehemently denied her request. In doing so, PPACS is forcing Nadira, a single mother, to a) separate her family by leaving her 12 year old son to complete her fellowship or b) take her son with her and suffer the consequences of him being dis-enrolled from the only school he's attended since kindergarten. We stand with Nadira because motherhood is a blessing and not a punishment. Nadira was one of only 10 scholars in the world to be named a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in 2019. Her achievements should be supported and rewarded. No woman should be forced to choose between her career and her family. We are calling on the community to express unwavering support for Nadira and Amin. 

Nadira Branch
817 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Superintendent Michael Buoniconti and School Committee Chairwoman Martha Thurber

Superintendent Buoniconti and School Committee Chairwoman Thurber Must Resign!

To Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti and School Committee Chairwoman Martha Thurber: We, the undersigned individuals, demand your immediate resignation from your respective positions within the Mohawk District.  Superintendent Buoniconti, we are disgusted by your lack of integrity and recent moral indiscretion. You have openly admitted to engaging in a personal relationship with a female subordinate. Your behavior and subsequent attempt to minimize the nature of your wrong-doing is inexcusable. You are a poor example for our students, an unacceptable leader for district employees, and a disgrace to our entire school community.  We will not allow you to cause further damage to our district and therefore demand your immediate resignation.  To Chairwoman Thurber: Your passivity with regards to this matter, as well as the dismissive treatment you've shown when other concerns have been brought to your attention is unacceptable. Your apparent willingness to overlook Superintendent Buoniconti's recent indiscretions indicates that you are not concerned with providing a safe and respectful school climate for all students and staff. We will not allow you to cause further damage to our district and therefore demand your immediate resignation. To the Members of the Mohawk District School Committee - In the event that Superintendent Buoniconti and/or Chairwoman Thurber do not immediately resign, we demand that you exercise your authority and remove them from their respective positions within the district. Any inaction on your part would be perpetuating the misogyny that exists in our society. Your inaction would be telling every female employee and student in the district that it is acceptable for a male supervisor to engage in an inappropriate relationship with them, and if the said relationship is discovered, that they as the female subordinate should be the one to resign. It would be telling the male employees and students that that type of behavior is acceptable.  As concerned community members, taxpayers, current and former employees, parents, and students in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, we are signing this petition to demand the immediate resignation of Superintendent Michael Buoniconti and School Committee Chairwoman Martha Thurber.

Katie Drew
573 supporters