Sixth grader Mahdi Hinton says that the second grade was her hardest year thus far.
“Because I had an inexperienced teacher and most of the kids in my class got left back so I had to redo second grade,” she said.
I sat down with Mahdi at Longsteth Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia. She is just one casualty of what her mom calls the ‘beyond unacceptable’ state of Philadelphia’s public schools. Kia Hinton says her daughter is now a year and a half behind where she should be academically.
But Kia is taking action as part of the fight for education reform with Action United. The organization is made up of like minded parents and teachers fighting for more resources and funding for schools in the city. AU’s executive director Quanisha Smith says that one of the essential resources the group is fighting for is healthcare.
“We don’t have nurses. We just had a recent tragedy in the city where a little girl died and some of the speculation is that could have been prevented if there was a nurse in the building,” Smith said.
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By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3