Documents obtained by the Daily Caller through a FOIA request show that Pennsylvania school districts have submitted thousands in membership fees to the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), that offers leaders training on identifying microaggressions and racial literacy.
Through its Center for School Study Councils (CSSC), the University of Pennsylvania’s GSE is associated with 90 districts across New Jersey and Pennsylvania to provide monthly professional development seminars and materials to administrators. The training has included sessions on equity agency and racial literacy, as evidenced by documents obtained by the Daily Caller through a public records request. Two school districts paid the CSSC thousands of dollars in membership dues so that their superintendents could attend seminars and interact with others.
In April of 2021, the CSSC informed its five study councils for dozens of superintendents from New Jersey and Pennsylvania that it would supply a training called the “Leadership for Equity Series: Actualizing Equity Systemically and Systematically” to teach administrators to be equity literate and lead equity advocates.
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, an area educational service organization that serves over 96,000 public and private school pupils, paid the CSSC $4,300 for membership from 2021 to 2022.
According to school board filings, Haverford Township School District paid CSSC’s Suburban School Study Council $2,500 from July 1 to 11. The district also gave Penn trustees $4,400.
A letter from CSSC director Tim Foxx informed superintendents of the $100 tuition increase on May 14, 2021. Foxx’s letter states that administrators or districts must pay dues to obtain training materials.
The leadership course educated administrators to identify microaggressions and defend others. The program educated superintendents to evaluate their own and others’ development in connection with anti-racist practices.
The training for leaders relies heavily on money, equity perspectives, and considering the environment while making choices.