On May 1st, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its Charter renewal meeting.
Details about the meeting can be found here:
SRC approves nontewal of Lab Charter, tables decision on Memphis Street | The Notebook – May 1, 2017
The meeting was dominated by supporters of various charter schools promoting their school and asking for renewal of their charters.
Members of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools spoke in opposition to charter renewals and called for full funding for public schools including an end to the four year impasse over a new contract for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
Click on each picture to view individual videos or read transcripts of testimony. The pictures are posted in the speaker order at the meeting.
Note #1: During the charter school presentations, Commissioner Bill Green left the meeting and was not present for speakers. He voted on charter renewals by phone at the end of the meeting. A fifth seat remains empty because the Pennsylvania Senate has not approved the appointment of Governor Wolf’s nominee since last fall.
Note #2: Restrictions by SRC on camera placement continue to be a problem. Since we are required to be in a “press box” which is in the audience there is continual interference with the view with movement in the audience or people sitting between a speaker and the camera. While we were able to move up one row from the last meeting there is still a problem with being required to film speakers from the back and the SRC over the heads of audience members. The one exception is the video for Lisa Haver. We were able to film from the front of the audience because they had allowed the corporate media to film from that position earlier in the meeting.
The testimony of Lisa Haver before the School Reform Commission
The testimony of Deborah Grill before the School Reform Commission.
The testimony of Diane Payne before the School Reform Commission.
The testimony of Lynda Rubin before the School Reform Commission.
The testimony of Ilene Poses before the School Reform Commission.
The testimony of Barbara Dowdall before the School Reform Commission.