In defense of a Philadelphia public school teacher wrongfully threatened with termination of employment

Philadelphia school teacher Marianne Kennedy was threatened with termination of employment after she was accused of abusing a student. Even though her Principal and other teachers said there was no truth to the allegations, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission was prepared to vote on termination of her employment after nineteen years as a teacher without any due process.

The school faculty and members of the community came to her defense and showed what solidarity looks like. Testimony is in the order of appearance at the School Reform Commission meeting on November 15, 2016. Each testimony should be read not only for understanding of Ms. Kennedy’s case, but for insight to how the SRC will be operating with its new Chair Joyce Wilkerson.

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Click each picture to see the video of that person’s  testimony.

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Philadelphia public school teacher Marianne Kennedy testifying in her own defense at the SRC meeting.

Click here to read the transcript of Marianne’s testimony.


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Richard Migliore, Ms. Kennedy’s lawyer and APPS member, testifying at the SRC meeting.


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APPS member Lynda Rubin testifying in defense of Ms. Kennedy.


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Philadelphia teacher Christine Del Rossi testifying in defense of Ms. Kennedy.

Click here to read the transcript of Chrissy’s testimony.


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Philadelphia teacher Robin Lowry testifying in defense of Ms. Kennedy.

Click here to read the transcript of Robin’s testimony.


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The discussion and vote on the resolution on Ms. Kennedy’s termination of employment.



On February 17th, 2017 Marianne Kennedy won her case.

Teacher accused of child abuse cleared, will return to Kensington school soon | Philadelphia Inquirer – February 17, 2017.