Watlington Launches Administration with Questionable Contract

Ears on the Board of Education: June 23, 2022 by Diane Payne Dr. Tony Watlington’s tenure as superintendent got off to an inauspicious start with his request to the Board, made before he was sworn in and granted by the Board without deliberation at its last meeting, for a major contract with Tennessee-based Joseph and … Continue reading Watlington Launches Administration with Questionable Contract

Overlooked Hite Legacy

By Diane Payne Dr. Hite has wrapped up a decade of superintendency in Philadelphia.  He received accolades from each Board member, the mayor, his administrative staff, and the media to name the most visible.  Farewells rarely dwell on failures and mistakes so in each of these speeches, PowerPoints, and media articles Hite is a star.  … Continue reading Overlooked Hite Legacy

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting, May 26, 2022 Testimonies

Click to view testimony. High School Admissions, Equity and Planning by Cheri Micheau Action Item #29--Center for Supportive Schools by Lynda Rubin Board of Education Stonewalling, Blocking Comments by Lisa Haver Board's Lack of Transparency and Engagement by Diane Payne Action Item 65--Outsourcing by Ilene Poses Fund Libraries for All Our Students! by Eric Hitchner Lost … Continue reading School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting, May 26, 2022 Testimonies

What Did Board Accomplish in Eight-hour Meeting?

Ears on the Board of Education: May 26, 2022 by Diane Payne For Dr. Hite’s last meeting as superintendent, Board President Joyce Wilkerson introduced a slideshow of his accomplishments through the decade.  (Those viewing remotely couldn’t hear so it may have had an audio component.) Mayor Kenney appeared in person to honor Hite.  Going-away tributes … Continue reading What Did Board Accomplish in Eight-hour Meeting?