Defenders of public education speak before the Philadelphia City Council May 16, 2018

City Council May 16, 2018

Click the picture above to view video of testimony of defenders of public education before Philadelphia City Council on May 16, 2018.


Transcripts of the members of APPS who testified at the hearing
Transcripts are in the order of the testimony.

Karel Kilimnik City Council 5-16-18

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Lisa Haver City Council 5-16-18

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Lynda Rubin City Council testimony 5-16-18

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Deborah Grill

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Barbara Dowdall City Council 5-16-18

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Eyes on the SRC: May 24, 2018

SRC 5-17-18

by Lisa Haver
May 21, 2018

Will This Budget Provide Essential Services for All Students?

The resolution list for this second May meeting is a relatively short one. The first two resolutions, without text at this point, propose the final operating and capital budgets for the 2018-19 fiscal year. [See the full resolution list below*.  Find the complete resolution summary here.]


Why the Disruption for Kindergarten Students and Families?

Resolution SRC-4 finalizes the academic calendar for 2018-19; first day for staff is August 20, first day for students is August 27.  As Dr. Hite noted at the May 17 meeting, this will be the first year that Kindergarten students begin on the same day as students in all other grades. He did not give a reason for the change, but teachers know that this will make the beginning of school a more chaotic time for schools and a more frightening time for the 5-year old Kindergarten students. Teachers have been told by administrators that they can meet with parents instead of going to the mandated Professional Development sessions their colleagues will be attending during the week before students arrive. In the past, some Kindergarten teachers would contact the families of new students over the summer (or in the first few days of school) and make appointments to meet them during the first week of school.  This gave the teacher an opportunity to give informal assessments, give the parents a chance to ask questions about them and the school, to have the children see the classroom and meet the teacher one-on-one. There was support staff in the building to answer questions about other services that may be necessary for the child. Dr. Hite laid off classroom assistants in 2013, so most Kindergarten classrooms are without them now. A recent Philadelphia Inquirer story highlighted the district’s 9th grade academies, which the district says helps to build a foundation for high school students.  Why is the district eroding this crucial foundation for Kindergartners?


More Second Chances for Charters

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Defenders of public education speak before the SRC May 17, 2018

Click on the picture above to see video of the SRC speakers. Click on a timestamp to select a specific speaker.


Transcripts of some of the speakers at the SRC meeting.

Speakers are in the order of their appearance at the meeting.


Ilene poses

Click on Ilene Poses’s picture to read the lyrics of Ilene’s song to the SRC.


Coleman Poses

Click on Coleman Poses’s picture to read the transcript of his testimony to the SRC.


Barbara Dowdall
Click the picture to read the transcript of  Barbara Dowdall’s testimony to the SRC.


Karel Kilimnik

Click the picture to read the transcript of Karel Kilimnik’s testimony to the SRC.


Lisa Haver

Click the picture to read the transcript of Lisa Haver’s testimony to the SRC.


Alison McDowell

Click the picture to read the transcript of Alison McDowell’s testimony to the SRC.


 

 

Strawberry Mansion Rallies For Their High School

On May 16th the Strawberry Mansion community rallied to defend their comprehensive high school which Philadelpia Superintendent Hite wants to add to his corporate privatization of public schools agenda. Click the picture to view the video.

For background on the history of Hite’s agenda, see:

Why does Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School only enroll 235 out of 2,267 eligible students?