Deny all 4 new charter applications at its February [2023] meeting

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting Testimony

January 26, 2023

by Lisa Haver

The Board will be voting on 4 new charter applications next month. The board’s speaker suppression policies say that if you spoke at one meeting, you might be barred from speaking at the next. So rather than wait minutes before the vote next month, after the board’s internal discussions about it, I am urging the board tonight to vote to deny all 4 new charter applications at its February meeting.All 4 applicants—Aspira, Perseverance, and Global Leadership Academy—are already operating charters in the district. All 4 have taken over neighborhood schools with the promise of “effecting dramatic change” in those schools. None of them has fulfilled that promise.

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