On March 16th, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its bimonthly Action Meeting.
This is testimony of members of parents, teachers and 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 SRC continues to make videoing of their meetings difficult. They confine press to a severely restricted “press area” which makes optimal videoing impossible. In the past videoing was from the left side of the auditorium where there is little traffic or little obstruction of the field of view. The new “press area” is on the right side of the auditorium which has heavy audience traffic and conversation. Also, filming of speakers must be from behind so you rarely get to see their faces. Any obstructions that you see in these videos are the responsibility of the SRC.
APPS protests this infringement our rights to press freedom and freedom of speech in our right to report to the public about SRC meetings.
Video of Masterman counselor Heather Marcus at the March 16th SRC meeting.
Video of parent Alison McDowell at the March 16th SRC meeting.
Alison has posted the transcript of her testimony at the Wrench in the Gears blog.
Click here to read the transcript and supplemental information on the blog.
Video of teacher and APPS member Cheri Micheau at the March 16th SRC meeting.
Video of APPS member Diane Payne at the March 16th SRC meeting.
Also see: SRC hires teacher-prep program over protests | Inquirer – March 16, 2017
Video of community member Tomika Anglin at the March 16th SRC meeting.
Also see: Despite objections, Philly SRC approves new teacher prep program | The Public School Notebook – March 17, 2017
Barbara Dowdall was unable to deliver her testimony at the March 16, SRC meeting. Click here to read the transcript of her proposed testimony.