Defenders of public education speak before the May 24th Philadelphia School Reform Commission

by Ken Derstine
May 26, 2018

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Click on the picture above to view defenders of public education speaking at the May 24th SRC meeting.

Video by Deborah Grill


Transcripts of some of the speakers before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Speakers are in order of appearance before the SRC.


Tanya Parker SRC 5-24-18Click on Tanya Parker’s picture to read the transcript of her testimony.


Linda Cliatt-Wayman SRC 5-24-18
Click on Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s picture to read the transcript of her testimony.


Tany Bah
Click on Tanya Bah’s picture to read the transcript of her testimony.


Karel Kilimnik
Click on Karl Kilimnik’s picture to read the transcript of her testimony.

Lisa Haver
Click on Lisa Haver’s picture to read the transcript of her testimony,

Lynda Rubin
Click on the picture to read the transcript of Lynda Rubin’s testimony before the SRC.

 

Defenders of public education speak before the SRC May 17, 2018

Click on the picture above to see video of the SRC speakers. Click on a timestamp to select a specific speaker.


Transcripts of some of the speakers at the SRC meeting.

Speakers are in the order of their appearance at the meeting.


Ilene poses

Click on Ilene Poses’s picture to read the lyrics of Ilene’s song to the SRC.


Coleman Poses

Click on Coleman Poses’s picture to read the transcript of his testimony to the SRC.


Barbara Dowdall
Click the picture to read the transcript of  Barbara Dowdall’s testimony to the SRC.


Karel Kilimnik

Click the picture to read the transcript of Karel Kilimnik’s testimony to the SRC.


Lisa Haver

Click the picture to read the transcript of Lisa Haver’s testimony to the SRC.


Alison McDowell

Click the picture to read the transcript of Alison McDowell’s testimony to the SRC.


 

 

Why does Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School only enroll 235 out of 2,267 eligible students?

The following article was published by the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Due to space limitations the Notebook article was limited to 800 words.
Below is the full 1217 word version of the post.

strawberry-mansion

by Ken Derstine
May 8, 2018

At the School Reform Commission Meeting on April 26th, Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite stated that of 2267 students in its catchment area only 235 students are enrolled in the Strawberry Mansion High School. His theme echoed a flyer the School District has circulated in the Strawberry Mansion community “Envisioning the Future of Strawberry Mansion High School”. The premise is that the Strawberry Mansion community is not supporting the comprehensive High School and therefore it must be phased out and replaced with a yet to be defined “Education Complex”.

The very first paragraph of the flyer is titled “Strawberry Mansion is NOT closing.” Apparently this is to reassure the community that Strawberry Mansion will not become an abandoned building, thereby contributing to a downward spiral like so many seen in so many low-income communities that have lost their community school, but, after it has been emptied of students and community control, it will be replaced with such corporate entities such as what Hite called in his SRC statement the Energy Performance Pilot School. (Note the corporate company Hite keeps to bring this about.)

The next claim is that current students will graduate from Strawberry Mansion. The District has already announced that there will be no ninth grade next year so that is not true for all students since what would have been the ninth graders will not graduate from Strawberry Mansion.

Click here to read the entire post.

Supporters of public education speak before the School Reform Commission April 26, 2018

SRC testimony pic

Click on the picture above to view all supporters of public education speaking before the SRC meeting of April 26, 2018. (Click on the arrowed square in the bottom right of the viewing window for full screen view.)

Click on the timestamp under the video or move the slider to the timestamps indicated below to view individual speakers.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman, former principal Strawberry Mansion High School   0:00
Melvin Sharpe, Strawberry Mansion community member   3:18
Ameera Sullivan, Strawberry Mansion counselor   6:30
Ruth Birchett, Strawberry Mansion community member   9:48
Lisa Haver, Alliance for Philadelphia public schools   12:53
Alison McDowell, community member
Tue Ho, Strawberry Mansion community member   19:45
Shirley Hooks, Strawberry Mansion community member   22:46
Diane Payne, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   25:05
Julie Nichols, teacher, Strawberry Mansion High School   28:02
Cheri Michael, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   30:39
Lynda Rubin, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   34:06
Karel Kilimnik, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   37:14
Barbara Dowdall, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   40:12
Objection to Commissioner Green voting   42:11
Vote on renewal of Eastern University Academy Charter School   42:40
Vote on Revised Charter Application for Franklin Towne Charter Middle School   45:19
Closing remarks by Superintendent Hite regarding Strawberry Mansion High School   50:57


Note: The SRC places media on row 2 in the auditorium which allows only filming speakers from the side and frequent visual interruption from the audience. We have protested these filming conditions to no avail.


Click here to read transcripts of the testimony
of many of the speakers.