Parents, Educators and Students Should Shape District Policies

Policy Committee Meeting: April 28, 2022

by Diane Payne and Lynda Rubin

Exactly one week after this meeting, District parents received an email notifying them that the District would be carrying out weapons searches in middle schools.

The email, signed by “The School District of Philadelphia”, told parents that their children would be subject to “periodic weapons screenings”. The anonymous author of the email wrote, “The District understands that this level of screening may feel intrusive and inconvenient.” Although Board Member Reginald Streater defended the District’s decision in the Inquirer, neither he nor any other Board member brought it up for discussion at this Policy meeting or at the April 21 action meeting. Did the Board not know about the District’s impending action? The Board makes policy on student safety, not the administration.  Why did the Board not give parents an opportunity to weigh in–either for or against–the heightened security measures? 

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School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Budget Hearing Testimonies, April 21, 2022

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Budget Necessities for Local Schools by Lynda Rubin

Inequity Still Reigns by Diane Payne

Action Item 10, $117 million for Contracts with Dell Marketing and Apple, Inc by Lisa Haver

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting Testimonies April 21, 2022

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Calls for a More Engaging, Transparent Budget Process/Priorities Go Ignored by Diane Payne

Action Item 31: Vote NO by Ilene Poses

School District of Philadelphia Trained Bassoonist by Barbara McDowell Dowdall