Secret Deals and Speaker Suppression

Ears on the Board of Education: November 18, 2021 by Diane Payne The Board practices speaker suppression in many ways. They abolished the committees that offered the school community a way to engage in real dialogue and deliberation. They gutted the official speaker policy, changing the rules from month to month and meeting to meeting. … Continue reading Secret Deals and Speaker Suppression

Pandemic Push-Out Stifles Public Engagement

Eyes on the Board of Education: November 18, 2021by Karel Kilimnik What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?Langston Hughes The District’s Pandemic Push-out affects everyone in the District: parents, students, educators, community members. When we had no choice but to stay home, … Continue reading Pandemic Push-Out Stifles Public Engagement

Board Proposes Another Way to Silence District Educators

Policy Committee Report:  November 4, 2021 by Lisa Haver About 4 hours before the Policy Committee  convened, APPS sounded the alarm on twitter: “New @PHLschoolboard Policy 911: “Staff members shall not give school information or interviews requested by news media representatives without prior approval of the Office of Communications.” We will ask whether that applies … Continue reading Board Proposes Another Way to Silence District Educators

APPS Testimony to SDP Board of Education, October 28, 2021

Click on the title to read a transcript of the individual speaker's testimony. Students Want School Libraries by Deborah Grill School Staffing Issues by Kristen Luebbert Genuine Engagement is Missing by Diane Payne Omissions by Barbara McDowell Dowdall A word from your certified school nurses by Eileen Duffey