Defenders of Public Education Speak before the BOE, January 30, 2020


Testimonies have been listed by topic.  Click on the individual’s name to read a transcript of his or her testimony.

Charter Renewal and New Applications

Deborah Grill

Lisa Haver

Karel Kilimnik

Maddie Luebbert

Janet McHale

Bob Nelson

Diane Payne

Ilene Poses

Lynda Rubin

Consulting Contracts

Joan Fanwick

Kristin Luebbert

Tasaday Messina

School Libraries

Barbara McDowell McDowdall

Toxic Schools

Rachel Boschen

Kathleen Butts

Eliezer Gottlieb

Emily Pugliese

Ella Schwalb

Joan Myers Brown Revised Application Hearing: January 22, 2020

by Lynda Rubin

Third Attempt for String Theory, Significant Community Opposition 

Hearings on this year’s new charter applications–High School for Health Sciences Charter and Joan Myers Brown/String Theory–were held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. PA Charter Law stipulates required procedures and timelines for new charter applications submission and decision. This includes two public hearings and the timeline by which the Board must issue its decision. Although both hearings were open to the public, testimony by supporters and/or opponents could be given only at the first hearing, held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 4 PM. No public testimony was allowed at the January 22 hearing.

Read more here.