Mastery parents address charter renewal, gun violence at Action Assembly

The Mastery Parent Action Team hosted this first ever event.

Andrew Kramer
April 30, 2018 - 9:37 pm
Philadelphia police officers are front and center at this Mastery Parent and  School Action Assembly

Andrew Kramer-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Members of the Mastery Charter School Parent Action Team were joined by staff and students Monday night at the first ever Action Assembly at the Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia.

Mastery CEO Scott Gordon says this event has two goals.

"Parents are here today to work with the mayor to reduce gun violence in our communities and to make sure charter schools get a fair shake and fair charter agreements."

Mayor Kenney was on hand, as were members of the Philadelphia Police Department to listen to everything the Mastery community had to say.

"To make sure our schools are the anchors of safer, more prosperous communities," added Gordon, "and to make sure charter schools can thrive."

As for reducing gun violence, community policing was one of the solutions discussed, as was the passing of gun legislation.

"It can be accomplished with the community working together, with educating their children about better ways to resolve situations," said Candice Graham, who has five children currently enrolled at Mastery's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. "If you have a problem in school bring it to authorities."

As for the Charter contract renewal, Graham and the other parents don't feel the new agreements are fair.

"Basically if the contract's not renewed properly," she said, "with equal rights for our children, then it affects all of us because they are our future."

Five Mastery Schools currently don't have signed renewal agreements. Two more schools are up for renewal this year.