APPS 2015 Overview

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by Karel Kilimnik

February 22, 2016

This year’s overview has been delayed due to the increasing trauma inflicted on our public schools and our intense fight to save public education. What a year! You think it can’t get any worse…and then it does. We began the year pursuing our lawsuit against the SRC for violations of the PA Sunshine Act after their illegal termination of the PFT contract without any public comment and ended it supporting the Wister school community’s fight to stop being charterized and stay a real public school.

Now the SRC has overruled Superintendent Hite’s recommendation about which schools should go into the Renaissance Charter School program…without any public comment.


January

APPS members and attorneys appear in Common Pleas Court to begin the long road of settling our Lawsuit charging the SRC with violating the state Sunshine Act on Oct. 6, 2014 when they abruptly cancelled the PFT contract and allowed no public comment before their vote.


 

Click here to see the entire APPS 2015 Overview

APPS testimony to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 18, 2016

SRC 2-18-16 #!

On February 18th the Philadelphia School Reform Commission held its monthly meeting.

This is the testimony of members of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at this meeting.

All of the videos can be viewed here. Testimony is in the order of appearance.

Click on the picture to view the individual video.


Coleman Poses SRC testimony

Video of APPS member Coleman Poses testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 18, 2016.

The full transcript of Coleman’s testimony.


Karel Kilimnik SRC testimony 2-18-16

Video of APPS member Karel Kilimnik testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 18, 2016.

The full transcript of Karel’s testimony.


Lisa Haver SRC testimony 2-18-16

Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 18, 2016.

The full transcript of Lisa’s testimony.


Carol Heinsdorf SRC testimony 2-18-16

Video of APPS member Carol Heinsdorf testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 18, 2016.

The full transcript of Carol’s testimony.

APPS testimony to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2016

SRC New Charter vote 2-16-16

On February 16th the Philadelphia School Reform Commission heard testimony on the authorization of new charters for the School District of Philadelphia.

This is the testimony of members of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at the meeting.

Click on the picture to see the video.

Lisa Haver SRC 1-21-16

Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 16, 2016.

The full transcript of Lisa’s testimony.


 

Diane Payne SRC 1-21-16

Video of APPS member Diane Payne testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – February 16, 2016.

The full transcript of Diane’s testimony.


 

For details about the SRC meeting, see:

Philly SRC approves 3 of 12 charter applications amid bombshell Pa. Supreme Court ruling
by Kevin McCorry – Philadelphia Newsworks – Feburary 17, 2016

At the SRC meeting, Commissioners Green and Jimenez made a point of saying they are required by state law to authorize new charters without taking the fiscal condition of the School District into consideration. David Lapp of the Education Law Center testified at an SRC meeting on February 18, 2015 that this is not true. 

To Good to Be True?

Texas

By Alison McDowell
Alison is a parent of a public school student and a member of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools

February 17, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Diane Ravitch’s blog promoted a vision statement for the future of Texas public education that had been developed by a group of 35 Texas superintendents between 2006 and 2008. If you simply read the excerpted portions quoted on the blog, you’d likely find the sentiments expressed sympathetic to those who oppose the test and punish system. However, if you continued past the first twelve pages of the document, you’d have been abruptly confronted with “Article 1: The New Digital Learning Environment” that is at its core essentially a pitch for online learning. As a parent involved with opt out in Pennsylvania, I found many elements from these pages and the more-detailed tables available in a companion document, eerily similar to changes proposed for the PA school code that are now under consideration in my home state.

The corporate interests aiming to “transform” our schools know what we want to hear. They know we are weary and looking for hope wherever we can find it. They are not above manipulating our emotions to get what they want. They will distract us. They will speak our language, while at the same time sowing seeds like this “Article 1” that are meant to destroy neighborhood public schools. Pay attention and stay on your guard. If it sounds too good to be true…dig down until you find the real truth.