Defenders of Public Education Speak at the April 20, SRC Meeting

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On April 20th, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its bimonthly Budget Meeting..

This is testimony of parents, teachers and members of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at the meeting

Click on each of the pictures below to view individual videos. Speakers are in order of appearance at the SRC meeting.

Click here to see all of the videos.


Video of APPS member Lynda Rubin testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Click here to see the transcript of Lynda’s testimony.


Video of teacher George Benzanis testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Video of APPS member Diane Payne testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Click here for the transcript of Diane’s testimony.


Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Video of teacher Alan Foo testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Video of parent Robin Roberts testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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Video of APPS member Karel Kilimnik testifying at the April 20, 2017 SRC meeting.

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


Video of teacher Nichole Lepore-Jackson testifying at the April 20th SRC meeting.

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


Video of APPS member Barbara Dowdall testifying at the April 20th SRC meeting.

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



Comment by SRC Commissioner Bill Green about testimonies and the budget.

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Defenders of Public Education Speak at the March 23, 2017 SRC Meeting

 

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On March 23rd, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its second Action Meeting in March.

This is testimony of members of parents, teachers and members of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at the meeting

Click on the pictures below to view individual videos. Speakers are in order of appearance at the SRC meeting.

Click here to see all of the videos.

Note: The SRC continues to make videoing of their meetings difficult. They confine press to a severely restricted “press area” which makes optimal videoing impossible. In the past videoing was from the left side of the auditorium where there is little traffic or little obstruction of the field of view. The new “press area” is on the right side of the auditorium which has heavy audience traffic and conversation. Also, filming of speakers must be from behind so you rarely get to see their faces. Any obstructions that you see in these videos are the responsibility of the SRC.

APPS protests this infringement of our rights to press freedom and freedom of speech in our right to report to the public about SRC meetings.


Video of  APPS member Karel Kilimnik at the March 23rd SRC meeting.Karel Kilimnik SRC 3-23-17

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



Video of APPS member Tonya Bah at the March 23rd SRC meeting. Be sure to view the end of the video to see Superintendent Hite’s response to Tonya’s testimony.

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Click here to read Tonya’s response to Superintendent Hite’s comment at the end of her testimony and to read the transcript of her SRC testimony.


Video of APPS member Lisa Haver at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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

Click here to view Lisa’s comment after the SRC’s Lump Sum Budget vote.


Video of BayardTaylor School teacher Michelle Gainer at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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


Video of Bayard Taylor School teacher Nicole Lepore-Jackson at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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

Click here to see Nicole’s comment after the SRC budget vote.


Video of Bayard Taylor School teacher Liz Noone at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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


Video of APPS member Ilene Poses at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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


Video of APPS member Barbara Dowdall at the March 24rd SRC meeting.

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

Barbara’s testimony was quoted in the Inquirer report on the SRC meeting.

Split SRC approves plan to spend $2.9 billion in 2017-18 – March 23, 2017


Video of APPS member  Cheri Micheau at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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Click here for the transcript of Cheri’s testimony


Video of community member Tomika Anglin at the March 23rd SRC meeting.

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 This video is the the School Reform Commission’s discussion and vote on the Lump Sum Budget FY 2018 – 22. It includes response by Commissioner Green to some of the testimony. It also includes comments from the audience.
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For newspaper reports of the vote see:

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SRC to city, state leaders: Show Us the Money – Notebook – March 24, 2017

Parents, teachers and APPS members testimony before the School Reform Commission – March 16, 2016

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On March 16th, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its bimonthly Action Meeting.

This is testimony of members of parents, teachers and members of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at the meeting

Click on the pictures below to view individual videos. Speakers are in order of appearance at the SRC meeting.

Click here to see all of the videos.

Note: The SRC continues to make videoing of their meetings difficult. They confine press to a severely restricted “press area” which makes optimal videoing impossible. In the past videoing was from the left side of the auditorium where there is little traffic or little obstruction of the field of view. The new “press area” is on the right side of the auditorium which has heavy audience traffic and conversation. Also, filming of speakers must be from behind so you rarely get to see their faces. Any obstructions that you see in these videos are the responsibility of the SRC.

APPS protests this infringement our rights to press freedom and freedom of speech in our right to report to the public about SRC meetings.


Video of Masterman counselor Heather Marcus at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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



Video of parent Alison McDowell at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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Alison has posted the transcript of her testimony at the Wrench in the Gears blog.
Click here to read the transcript and supplemental information on the blog.


Video of teacher and APPS member Cheri Micheau at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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


Video of APPS member Diane Payne at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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


Video of APPS member Deborah Grill at the March 16th SRC meeting.
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Click here to read the transcript of Deborah’s testimony.

Also see: SRC hires teacher-prep program over protests | Inquirer – March 16, 2017


Video of community member Tomika Anglin at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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


 Video of APPS member Lisa Haver at the March 16th SRC meeting.
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Video of APPS member and parent Tonya Bah at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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Video of APPS member Lynda Rubin at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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Video of APPS member Richard Miglore at the March 16th SRC meeting.

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Also see: Despite objections, Philly SRC approves new teacher prep program | The Public School Notebook – March 17, 2017


 Barbara Dowdall was unable to deliver her testimony at the March 16, SRC meeting. Click here to read the transcript of her proposed testimony.



Also see: Relay Graduate School of (Charter) Education | Curmudgucation – January 16, 2016

APPS testimony before the School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017

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On February 16th, 2017 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission met for its monthly Action Meeting.

This is testimony of members of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools at the meeting

Click on the pictures below to view individual videos. Speakers are in order of appearance at the SRC meeting.

Note: The video quality of these testimonies is poor because of the obstacles the SRC has made in the videoing of the meetings. In the past, video was made from an unobstructed view. We are now told that video must be done in a very restricted area which is behind the speakers and over the heads of the audience. This means, besides showing the speakers from behind, there are constant interruptions of the field of view by anyone blocking the view when moving around in the audience. When we asked senior staff why the change, they told us that they decided that was the best place. No other explanation. (Look at the videos of APPS testimony before the January 19th, 2017 meeting  and compare the video quality with the current postings.) 

The audio is not affected.

This is yet another sign of the erosion of our democratic rights, in this case, the right to the public being informed about what goes on at meetings of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission through a professionally done video. When you view these videos, keep in mind the SRC does not want you to see them.

Video of APPS member Lynda Rubin testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Kristen Luebbert testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Diane Payne testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Karel Kilimnik testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Barbara Dowdall testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Robin Lowry testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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


Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – February 16, 2017.

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