You are needed to attend the
School Reform Commission (SRC) meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The SRC will
vote on a five year charter renewal.
Please come out to The School
District of Philadelphia, 440 North Broad Street. Please
arrive at the school at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th or as soon
as possible to let your support be known that our school deserves a five year
H.S. GRADUATING SENIORS & COLLEGE STUDENTS, if you attend a PA College or University and you currently volunteer or like to volunteer, than if you can volunteer for 95. hours per week you can receive a $1,468.00 award!
The Philadelphia School District - 440 N. Broad St.
(across the street from MCSCS)
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
All Charter School Parents:
the first time in the history of Philadelphia African-American and
other minority families have a choice! Parents are choosing to send
their children to charter schools and charter school operators are in a
battle to educate children in Philadelphia.
1.Charter Schools must operate on 20% less than public schools.
School District took $500.00 from every charter school student this
year after re-calculating charter funds due to the School District’s
budget deficit (304 million). Charter school operators were not
consulted on the impact of the reduction on children.
School Reform Commission voted to place a cap (not allowing increases
of students) on charter schools in Philadelphia. The state charter
school law prohibits caps.
4.Re-calculated charter schools Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) figures to reduce the number of charter schools passing state exams.
numerous complaints from charter school operators about unfair grading
of charter schools on the School Performance Index (SPI), the School
District hired an independent firm to re-calculate the SPI scores for
6.The refusal of the School District to approve new charter schools.
7.State Representative James Roebuck released
a negative report on charter schools as an introduction to House Bill
934 which also negatively impacts charter schools.
8.The excessive oversight of charters is just some of my very serious concerns.
out and support charter schools and save the schools that are educating
your children. Please call Mrs. McCrewell at (215) 923-4880 to confirm
your attendance at the Call to Action Rally on Monday at 4:00 p.m.
began her career in education as a teacher in the
Philadelphia Public School System in 1974.During the
next ten years,
Mrs. Joyner strived for excellence and equity for all the students
she taught.She began to realize the
parent involvement in the system as a change agent in order
to make excellence in the classroom a standard
for all students. It was this that prompted her to found and serve as president
of Parents United for Better Schools, Inc.
non-profit, multi-racial, parent advocacy corporation in 1984.Parents United for Betters Schools, Inc. now has
membership of over twenty thousand parents in
Philadelphia and several key
components to the program that evolved in the coming years:
PUBS Tutoring Program, which provides tutoring to
thousands of public and private Philadelphia school students (one through
twelve) throughout the Delaware Valley.
An adult tutoring program to aide adults
attending college or trade school.
GED classes to high school drop outs and adults.
As an outgrowth of PUBS, Mrs. Joyner received state approval to
open The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia, Inc.
(MCSCS) in September of 1999 where she now serves as its Founder and Chief
Administrative Officer. MCSCS is one of
the largest charter schools in the state of Pennsylvania with a population of
nearly one thousand students in grades 1 through 12. MCSCS was recognized by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education as one of the city’s top ten schools out of more than
three hundred public and charter schools in Philadelphia and it has received
praise from the most prestigious educators on both a local and national level
since its inception:
When referring to the school, former U. S. Deputy
Education Secretary Eugene W. Hickok stated, “It’s pretty impressive.” He stressed the importance of education
and said he would tell President Bush how impressed he was with the
students and the school.
After visiting MCSCS, Arlene C.
Ackerman, former Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia
stated, “My visit with you was a quality introduction to the Philadelphia
approach and an informative opportunity to observe an academic model of
instruction that is faithful to its mission. The school’s teaching and learning
environment was respectful and challenging. Students demonstrated an eagerness to
learn and have fun while doing so.”
Thomas M. Brady, Former Chief Executive
Officer of the Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia stated, “Thank
you for allowing me to experience first hand, what is meant by a quality
charter school. …my visit provided me with an opportunity to observe a
marvelous environment for teaching and learning and to see a discipline
for learning rarely achieved within the Philadelphia public schools. What most impressed me was the
ever-present notion of preparation for citizenship as an important goal of
education that was interwoven into the fabric of your school culture. MCSCS is a place for caring, nurturing,
and cultivating individual strength of mind and character.”
Paul Vallas, Former Chief Executive Officer of
the Philadelphia School District states, “...I told Veronica that I considered
her school one of the best I have visited to date and invited her to serve
as a role model for other charter schools in the district”.
Veronica Joyner received her Bachelors in Social Work/Education
from Temple University, and her Masters in Education Leadership from Arcadia
University. She is also a candidate for
the Ph.D. program at Temple University.
She is the recipient of an overwhelming number of awards and recognition
for her service in education and in the Philadelphia Community:
2013 Citation from the City of Philadelphia,
Michael A. Nutter, Mayor
2013 Golden Rose Award
Teacher Commendation in 1981 from The School
District of Philadelphia, that which offered her recognition as an
Perfect attendance in a majority of her years
with the Philadelphia School District.
Honored by the Yorktown Arms Resident Council
during its Women Achievers Celebration.
2012 Educator of the Year Award.
Empowering Today’s Youth with a Spirit of
2009 Hugs Award.
2009 NAACP’s Outstanding Citizen Award.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Medal.
The U.S. Department of Education’s John Stanford
American Education Hero Award.
The Philadelphia State Legislators Award.
The KYW-3 Making a Difference Award.
2008 Women Who Make a Difference Award from the
Senate of Pennsylvania.
2008 Women Making a Difference Award from the
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Certificate of Life Membership of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The Martin Luther King Drum Major for Educational
A Philadelphia City Council Resolution.
A Citation from Mayor Edward Rendell.
The 2nd Annual Honorable Lucien E. Blackwell
“Guiding Lights in the Community Award” from Mayor John F. Street.
The Mary McCloud Bethune Award.
The Women’s Way Woman of Courage Award.
The WCAU-TV 10 Spirit of Philadelphia Award.
The WDAS Teacher of the Month.
WDAS Radio Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary
The WHAT Radio Talk Show Host– Mary Mason’s
Mother of the Year Award.
The Urban League’s Leadership Award.
The Madame C.
J. Walker Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
The “Salute to African American Women” Awards
from the Philadelphia and New Jersey NAACP in 2001.
The 181 Points of Light Award.
The Women Making a Difference Award from Council-woman
Blondell Reynolds Brown.
The Women in the NAACP 100 Influential Black
Women in Philadelphia Award.
107.9 WRNB’s Hometown Hero Award.
2009 NAACP’s Outstanding Citizen Award.
Philadelphia Tribune’s 100 Influential Blacks.
In addition to the many awards she received, Veronica Joyner has countless
Chairperson of the Education Committee of the
Philadelphia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People since 1996.
Advisory committees with every Superintendent of
The Philadelphia School District since 1984.
The School District of Philadelphia implemented
marking guidelines for 200,000 public school students as a result of her filing
a discrimination complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations
Reinstated a hot lunch program to inner city high
school students resulting in thirty thousand high school pupils receiving
hot lunches after fifteen years without a lunch program in inner city high
The School District of Philadelphia established a
Book Hotline as a result of Veronica Joyner after several meetings and
complaints to Mr. Floyd Aston, School Board President. Parents can use the Book Hotline to make
textbooks available to public school students who are initially denied
these crucial learning tools. The
Book Hotline is still in existence.
Established a token program through Parents
United for Better Schools in order to provide free transportation to poor
and low-income public school students. After several years two
Philadelphia non-profit organizations have joined her efforts and are also
providing school tokens to poor and low-income public school students. The School District now provide free
transportation to all students in 1st – 12th grade.
Filed a complaint with the Philadelphia Human
Relations Commission and The Philadelphia School District that the busing
policy at the High School of Engineering and Science discriminated against
Black students, by providing yellow bus service for white students
only. Due to PUBS’ complaint, The
School District investigated and discontinued yellow bus service to the
PUBS filed charges against SEPTA for illegally
harassing and arresting 26 public school youths awaiting buses to
desegregated schools in North East Philadelphia. As a result, students cannot be forced
to board overcrowded buses to clear bus stops. (Mrs. Joyner received financial
restitution for her son from Septa as a result).
PUBS organized and provided an attorney for parents
at a Philadelphia elementary school in a complaint of child
molestation. As a result, the
teacher was dismissed from The School District of Philadelphia.
PUBS filed a suit to stop the distribution of
condoms in Philadelphia Public High Schools. A policy was implemented to allow
parents to opt out of the condom distribution policy. PUBS united with the Rutherford
Institute’s lawyers and filed charges against The School District of
Philadelphia on behalf of the Central High School choir.
PUBS united with parents in Bucks County where
children were being forced to wear improperly laundered swim wear which
resulted in numerous infections.
This action resulted in a policy change giving parents the right to
launder swim wear at home for their children.
The Southampton School District voted to close an
elementary school and place children in a middle school without notifying
or soliciting input from the parents in advance of its decision. As a result of PUBS’ advocacy, parents
united and the elementary school remained open.
PUBS united with parents in Coatesville and
assisted in the removal of an elementary school principal. Parents were concerned with the abusive
treatment of children by the principal.
PUBS joined forces with The Wilkes Barre N.A.A.C.P.
to fight for the removal of The Wyoming Valley School District
President. He was quoted as saying
“The new furnaces installed in school there would burn like niggers in a
wood pile.” As a result, The School
Broad President was voted out of office.
PUBS organized parents in Bridgeton, New Jersey
to call for the removal of the Superintendent of Schools. The parents were not pleased with the
National test scores of their children, and the disrespect shown to
parents at school board meetings.
As a result of PUBS organizing parents to protest, the
Superintendent took an early retirement.
PUBS organized parents in their fight in New
Castle County to oppose bias in the School District’s desegregation
program. This action forced
research into the allocation of tax dollars which prompted an
investigation and resulted in the defeat of the first tax referendum in
Assisted Ms. Joan Wilder, Public Affairs Director
WCAU in forming the TV10 Homework Hotline in Philadelphia. Veronica Joyner provided advice (free of
charge) curriculum, books, and textbooks to volunteers.
The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter
School of Philadelphia, Inc. (MCSCS) has made a commitment to feed and
clothe over five hundred homeless citizens in the city of Philadelphia
every week. The school project
started in September of 2005 and is a part of the school’s Civics
curriculum. The students from the 1st to 12th grade
commonly raise $800.00 - $1,000.00 a week to fund the homeless
project. MCSCS students donate
money, pants, shirts, sneakers, and boots.
Jackets, coats, hats, gloves and blankets are collected in the
winter. A team of students make
over five hundred sandwiches and snacks per outing, while another team of students put together
hundreds of toiletry bags filled with soap, washcloths, toothpaste,
toothbrushes and deodorant. They
also fill bags with new socks, underwear and undershirts. Moreover, they plan and take inventory
for the following week. Another team of students from the 2nd
to the 12th grades is responsible for distributing all items
every Thursday evening. Students
additionally meet every Thursday evening to sort clothing to be
distributed. The food and clothing
are distributed each week to the Men’s shelter at Broad and Ridge and Love
Park, 15th & JFK.
The Homeless Project is the only one of its kind in the country,
since it is usually churches and centers that sometime receive funding to
distribute food and clothing.
Filed a discrimination complaint against the
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) on behalf of The
Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School basketball team due to
unfair referee calls as a result the team won the PIAA Class A State
Championship in 2011. More
African-American referees were hired for games outside of the city as a
Children at The Mathematics, Civics
and Sciences Charter School raise money and sponsor an Appreciation
Luncheon for Philadelphia Police Officers.
Children at MCSCS know that police officers are heroes, and that
children and citizens should appreciate Philadelphia police officers for
the heroic jobs they do every day protecting citizens and saving
lives. The children also published two
books, which they present to each officer titled, “Police Officers are
This is an annual, citywide event to
honor police officers. Our high school
students wrote a resolution to honor Philadelphia police officers on the last
Thursday in May. Our high school students in conjunction with Councilman Frank
Rizzo introduced a resolution to honor police officers on the last Thursday of
May. That day would be called
Philadelphia Police Officers Appreciation Day.
The resolution was approved by City Council on May 13, 2010.
Veronica Joyner recently founded Philadelphia Charter Schools United to assist charter school administrators in the day-to-day operation of Charter Schools. Clearly, Mrs. Veronica Joyner is continually active in the creation of programs and models that help build a better learning community. Mrs. Joyner is a Philadelphia icon, whose goal to educate all children in matters of intellect and civic duty only grows stronger with each passing year, and she welcomes all to join her mission. It is our duty to provide the learning tools that help students lead rewarding lives, help citizens, and make changes to improve education and the quality of life for others and their success is the best reward of all.