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Helen Gym Offers Fair Share School Funding Proposal, Urges Council to Meet SDP’s full $105 Million Request

PHILADELPHIA (June 3rd, 2015) – Helen Gym, education advocate and Democratic nominee for City Council At-Large re-issued her Fair Share Funding Proposal for Philadelphia Schools and urged Council to meet the School District of Philadelphia’s full $105 request by providing sustainable, recurring sources of  revenue.

As City Council considers a number of options to provide funding […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Thank you!

Yesterday was an amazing day. As I criss-crossed the city visiting polls in every neighborhood, I was continuously inspired by the excitement and the passion I saw in volunteers and supporters like yourself who drove home a message that uplifted our schools, our communities and our young people.

Thank you.

Because of you, we drove the most powerful […]

By |May 20th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

AFT National President Stumps for Helen Gym; Joined by Jim Kenney and D.A. Seth Williams

PHILADELPHIA (May 15, 2015) – TODAY, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers came to Philadelphia for a rally and press conference to support Helen Gym for City Council At-Large.

Randi Weingarten, President of AFT said at the rally, “Helen Gym has been reclaiming the promise of public education in Philadelphia for years. I […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

UPDATE: Helen Gym Outraises Every MAYORAL Candidate in Small Contributions

PHILADELPHIA (May 11, 2015) – As details emerged from campaign finance reports published over the weekend, Helen Gym led the field of candidates in total unitemized contributions. Helen not only outraised every one of her opponents in the Council At-Large race in this category–she also bested every candidate running for Mayor.

Unitemized contributions are donations that […]

By |May 11th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym Emerges as Frontrunner in Council At-Large Race

PHILADELPHIA (May 9, 2015) – Late Friday, as candidates for City Council At-Large filed their first public finance reports of the year, Helen Gym, education activist and mother of three children in Philadelphia’s public schools shook up the Council At-Large race by having the second highest cash on hand going into the homestretch of the […]

By |May 9th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym Endorsed by National Organization for Women

PHILADELPHIA (May 6, 2015) – Today, the Philadelphia chapter of Americans for Democratic Action endorsed education advocate, Helen Gym, for City Council At-Large in the Democratic primary.

Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., President of Philadelphia NOW, issued the following statement on the group’s endorsement: “We are thrilled to endorse a candidate of such caliber. We look forward to […]

By |May 4th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym Slams Susquehanna Billionaires for Trying to Buy Philly Municipal Elections

PHILADELPHIA (April 30, 2015) – Today, Helen Gym mother of three children in the Philadelphia Public Schools and candidate for City Council At-Large, joined Keystone Progress and Action United to denounce the influx of millions of dollars being pumped into a SuperPAC attempting to influence the Philadelphia municipal elections.

The report released by Hedgeclippers, details the […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym’s Statement on Commonwealth Court of PA Dismissing School Funding Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (April 21st, 2015) – Today, Helen Gym education advocate and candidate for City Council At-Large,  issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissing a lawsuit brought forth by parents claiming that the state is not living up to its constitutional obligation to adequately fund schools.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the […]

By |April 21st, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym Endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Today, Helen Gym was endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

After a week in which Helen’s campaign was endorsed by three additional labor unions (CASA-IBT, AFT Local 2026, & AFSCME DC47), two progressive city-wide organizations (Philly for Change & Liberty City Democrats), and Clean Water Action, the momentum building around Helen’s campaign continued today with The Inquirer […]

By |April 19th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|

Helen Gym Stands with Students to Protest Kensington School Closure

Update (4/28/2015)

Helen Gym reiterated her support for the students and communities opposing the planned closure of Kensington Urban Education Academy. She decried the School Reform Commission for routinely violating the school closure process and timeline it had established.

“The SRC sets up processes that it then proceeds to ignore. It has never followed its own rules […]

By |April 17th, 2015|Press Release, Updates|