APPS testimony before the School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017

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On February 16th, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its monthly Action Meeting.

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

Click on the pictures below to view individual videos. Speakers are in order of appearance at the SRC meeting.

Note: The video quality of these testimonies is poor because of the obstacles the SRC has made in the videoing of the meetings. In the past, video was made from an unobstructed view. We are now told that video must be done in a very restricted area which is behind the speakers and over the heads of the audience. This means, besides showing the speakers from behind, there are constant interruptions of the field of view by anyone blocking the view when moving around in the audience. When we asked senior staff why the change, they told us that they decided that was the best place. No other explanation. (Look at the videos of APPS testimony before the January 19th, 2017 meeting  and compare the video quality with the current postings.) 

The audio is not affected.

This is yet another sign of the erosion of our democratic rights, in this case, the right to the public being informed about what goes on at meetings of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission through a professionally done video. When you view these videos, keep in mind the SRC does not want you to see them.

Video of APPS member Lynda Rubin testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Kristen Luebbert testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Diane Payne testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Karel Kilimnik testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Barbara Dowdall testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Robin Lowry testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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