FACTS TO CELEBRATE ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

This school year marks FACTS' 10th year of operation and there is so much to celebrate! “FACTS was initially a vision and set of hopes,” explains Ed Nakawatase, Co-Chair of FACTS Board of Trustees.

“Established against considerable odds, the school’s founders aspired to create a welcoming and challenging public institution that would build upon the needs of multi-racial and multicultural communities with many immigrant children, employing innovative teaching and the creative energies of an invigorated staff.”

On Friday, October 17, 2014, FACTS will celebrate ten years of accomplishments with a Benefit Banquet and Silent Auction honoring one of the school’s founders and long-time board chair, Hao-Li Tai Loh. Founder Hao-Li, as she is known around the building, led the FACTS Board of Trustees for the first nine years, bringing resources, time, energy and a vision for peace, justice and equity to the school.

Award-winning author Lenore Look will give the keynote address at the banquet. Ms. Look's children's books, including the Alvin Ho series, are read avidly by FACTS students. Her books have inspired many young readers and writers and speak to the need for more racial, ethnic and language diversity among characters in children's literature.

FACTS 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street. Tickets may be purchased online here at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door the evening of the event.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Rathje, Director of Development, at rrathje@factschool.org or 215-569-2600 x 1035.

In addition to the banquet, FACTS plans to hold a community-wide anniversary celebration in the spring of 2015.



Highlights

October 23, 2014 - In a public statement released today, FACTS affirmed its strong support for the Philadelphia public schools, acknowledging the positive and innovative role of charter schools, but also emphasizing that charter schools are part of the overall public education system.

In the statement, developed over a number of months and approved by the FACTS Board of Trustees and the school's administrative leadership team in September, the school adds its voice as a well-regarded charter school to the ongoing public discussion about the crisis in Philadelphia public education. To read the full statement, click here.

The FACTS statement makes a number of points, among them:
  • Strongly commits to the Philadelphia public education system, and FACTS' place within it as a public school;
  • Affirms the highest goals of public education in fostering informed and critically thinking citizens;
  • Believes in the role of charter schools as centers of innovation and flexibility;
  • Acknowledges the role of charter schools as a complement to the public school system, but not as a substitute for it;
  • Criticizes public officials who undermine public education by continually under-staffing and under-funding public schools with the inevitable accompaniment of turbulence and public demoralization;
  • Understands the impact of poverty and income inequality on educational achievement, also noting individual advancements of students, but sees the serious diminishment of poverty and income inequality as a broader public challenge that cannot and should not be met by the public schools alone;
  • Calls for full staffing and funding of Philadelphia schools with full public accountability.
For further information about the statement, contact Janeya Hisle (215.569.2600) or Ed Nakawatase (215.848.1715).
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