Philadelphia Youth In Dire Need of Education Reform

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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.

Take a look, and make sure to tune into Eye Opener weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. on PHL-17.

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3



  • Educator

    Exactly how much was this story fact checked? Are we solely relying on the mother and child as the resources to substantiate these claims. The claim that the majority of her 2nd grade class was left back is highly unlikely. Schools simply do not leave that many students back, particularly in elementary school. Further, 4 years ago, there was still summer school, meaning that students who were not promoted in June would in all likelihood have been promoted in August. While I absolutely agree that the schools need far more resources than we have had historically, I think it is irresponsible to do a one-sided story that traces the failings primarily back to Longstreth and the educational system without looking at other factors for why a child may be below level. By the way, what exactly is meant by the cliché of the day: Education Reform?

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