From Good Schools Pennsylvania:
We’ve witnessed in Pennsylvania how a key policy such as education finance can contribute to blighting of communities with weak property tax bases. Now, a new documentary sheds a light on similar trends around the country.
“A New Metropolis,” which will air on public television in the fall, focuses on America’s “first suburbs”—those suburban communities built next to urban centers, once the birthplace of the American Dream. Driven by a desire to escape the smokestacks of the central cities, and a housing shortage following World War II, thousands of suburban homes were rapidly constructed and middle class families flocked to them. But as population shifted from urban cores to ever-distant suburbs, the original suburbs began facing a crisis: A dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure and declining public services, increased demographic tensions and middle class flight.
Good Schools Pennsylvania invites you join us in attending one of two upcoming screenings of the documentary, to be hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project (http://www.sepafsp.org/). The documentary will be followed by discussion about how we can sustain an organizing base that can, in turn, advance and sustain important regional equity policies—including a sound system of education finance (http://www.goodschoolspa.org/pdf/take_action/First%20Suburbs%20Education%20Finance%20Principles%20-%20Final.pdf).
Please join us:
Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm (go to http://www.goodschoolspa.org/pdf/FSP%20documentary%20flyer%207-23-09.pdf for a flyer)
Lathem Hall at Widener University
13th and Potter Streets, Chester, PA
Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm (go to http://www.goodschoolspa.org/pdf/FSP%20documentary%20flyer%207-30-09.pdf for a flyer)
East Norriton Middle School
330 Roland Drive, Norristown, PA
There is a $15 suggested donation payable at the door. To reserve your ticket, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.