Defenders of public education speak before the January 18, 2018 SRC

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Click on the picture above to view all videos of supporters of public education speaking before the SRC meeting of January 18, 2018. Transcripts below are in the order of appearance before the SRC.

Click on a timestamp in the video above to select a desired speaker.

Note: The SRC placed media on row 2 in the auditorium which allowed only filming speakers from the side and frequent visual interruption from the audience. We have protested these filming conditions to no avail.

Also see:
SRC gives reprieves to Universal Vare, Memphis Street charters | Philadelphia Public School Notebook – January 18, 2018


These are the transcripts of some of the testimony to the SRC. See the video above for all testimony of defenders of public eduction.

Barbara Dowdall SRC 1-18-18
Click the picture to view video of Barbara’s testimony. The timestamp is 0:00.

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


Debbie Grill SRC 5-1-17
Click the picture to see Debbie Grills testimony. She is at timestamp 3:10.

Click here to read the transcript of Debbie Grill’s testimony.


Lisa
Click the picture to view video of Lisa’s testimony. It is located at timestamp 9:34.

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


Ilene Poses
Click the picture to see Ilene Poses’s testimony. She is at timestamp 13:08.

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


 

Karel
Click the picture to view the video of Karel Kilimnik’s testimony. It is at timestamp 16:05.

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


Diane Payne
Click the picture to see Diane Payne’s testimony. She is at timestamp 26:09

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


Tonya Bah
Click here to view Tonya Bah’s testimony. She is at timestamp 29:06.

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


Kristin Luebert
Click the picture to view Kristin Luebbert’s testimony. She is at timestamp 32:00.

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


Cheri Micheau
Click the picture to view Cheri Micheau’s testimony. It is at timestamp 34:51.

Click here to read the transcript of Cheri’s post.


 

The School Board nominating panel holds its first meeting. APPS protests blatant violations of the Sunshine Act.

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The following is an excerpt from the Philadelphia Public School Notebook article The School Board nominating panel holds its first meeting. APPS protests blatant violations of the Sunshine Act.

A point of for the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) is transparency. APPS members sued the SRC in 2014 for violating the state’s Sunshine Act, which sets rules for the the conduct of government business,  and won a settlement that reshaped the way the SRC dealt with issue of transparency—although APPS is  quick to point out it’s a settlement they feel has not been consistently honored. For instance, the SRC often posts full descriptions of SRC resolutions after they have been voted on instead of in advance.

“The [nominating] panel is convened under the rules of the City Charter,” Haver said. “They are not an advisory panel. They are charged with selecting candidates for public office. They are city officials, and were addressed as such by members of the Mayor’s office.”

“As such, all of their meetings, including any committee meetings, must follow the provisions of the PA Sunshine Act,” she said. “Selection of candidates, and any deliberation about candidates, for this panel, is official action.”

The Mayor’s office disagrees with this interpretation of the Act.

“We appreciate the Alliance’s understandable desire to conduct as much public business as practicable in public,” Peterson said in a statement. “But the Alliance’s reading of the Sunshine Act is far from complete.”

She cited a section of the act that allows for deliberations involving political appointments to be conducted in closed-door executive sessions.

“A candid discussion about the strength and weaknesses of potentially hundreds of possible candidates cannot effectively be conducted in public,” she said. “It is also very likely that candidates will be more forthcoming about potential issues or conflicts of interest in private discussions.”

Haver suggested her organization is considering further action.

“APPS members have not fought against the lack of transparency by the SRC only to sit by and watch another board conduct its business in the same manner. We will be addressing our concerns to the panel and to the Mayor in the coming days.”