Helen Gym


  • Achievement gap
  • Asian students
  • Charter schools
  • Civil rights
  • Engagement
  • Minority students
  • P-12 finance and operations
  • Parent involvement
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • School climate and safety
  • Standards and testing

Helen Gym is a parent and community organizer and a recently-elected member of Philadelphia’s City Council. She is a leading voice around Philadelphia’s education reform efforts, and is a frequent writer and speaker on Philadelphia’s school reform experiences. She is co-founder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led group organizing for quality and equity in schools, and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, an independent education newspaper. In 2010, she played a key role in a federal civil rights case around anti-Asian violence at a local high school, and has addressed the issue of bullying, harassment and school safety at the local and national level.