Defenders of public education speak before the December 14, 2017 SRC

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Click on the picture to view the video of supporters of public education speaking before the SRC meeting of December 14, 2017. The SRC vote on dissolution is at the end. Speakers and transcripts are in the order of appearance before the SRC.

Click on a timestamp to select a desired speaker. (You must start the video for timestamp to work.)

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


These are the transcripts of some of the testimony to the SRC. See the video above for all testimony of defenders of public eduction.

Coleman
Click the picture to view Coleman Poses’s testimony. Coleman is a tamestamp 0:00.

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


Karel
Click the picture to view Karel Kilimnik’s testimony. Karel is at timestamp 3:02.

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


Lynda
Click the picture to see the video of Lynda Rubin’s testimony. Lynda is at timestamp 6:33

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


Lisa
Click the picture to view Lisa Haver’s testimony. She is at timestamp 9:48.

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


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Click Cheri Micheau’s picture to view her testimony. She is at timestamp 22:30.

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


 

 

Ears on the SRC: November 16, 2017

SRC demise celebration

by Diane Payne
November 27, 2017

Victory!

All five Commissioners were present for this historic meeting of the School Reform Commission. Resolution SRC-3— Recommendation of Dissolution of the School Reform Commission was passed at 7:35 p.m. with a 3-1-1 vote. Commissioners Wilkerson, Richardson, and McGinley voted in favor, Commissioner Green voted against, and Commissioner Jimenez abstained. This joyous occasion ended sixteen years of state-imposed control of our city’s schools. There were cheers, hugs, dances, and high-fives when the resolution passed. The tireless and persistent effort of the Our Cities Our Schools coalition of parents, teachers, students, unions, and community advocacy groups made this happen. [See APPS’ statement on the end of the SRC and what should come next.]

Our City Our Schools (OCOS) and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) organized a celebratory rally outside district headquarters just before the meeting. APPS co-founder Lisa Haver addressed the crowd, along with Councilwoman Helen Gym, State Senator Vincent Hughes, PFT leaders, parents and community members. There was much to celebrate on this new day, one that signaled the end of a state-imposed system that brought austerity and corporate reform for a perfect storm of devastation to the city’s public schools

Having worked for the preservation and improvement of public education for over five years as an organization, and for many years as individuals, APPS members know that this is not the end of challenges for our school system. We will continue to advocate for the what other districts in Pennsylvania have had for many years: schools that provide the education our children deserve governed by a democratically elected school board.

Some of the Philadelphia news outlets and their coverage of this important event:

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Supporters of public education celebrate the demise of the School Reform Commission

SRC 11-16-17

Click on the picture to view the video of supporters of public education speaking before the SRC meeting of November 16, 2017. The SRC vote on dissolution is at the end.

Click on a timestamp to select a desired speaker. (If the timestamp does not work, move the slider at the bottom of the video to the time listed in the timestamp. It may be necessary to recheck the play button.)

Note: The SRC placed media on row 5 in the auditorium which allowed only filming speakers from the back and constant visual interruption from the audience in the first four rows. We have protested these filming conditions to no avail.

Click this picture to see the discussion and vote of the SRC to dissolve itself.

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Transcripts of testimony from APPS members in order of appearance.

Click the picture to read the transcript of Deborah Grill’s testimony.

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

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

Lynda Rubin

Click the picture to read the transcript of Ilene Poses’s testimony.

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

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

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Click the picture to read the transcript of Diane Payne’s testimony.

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Defenders of public education testify at the October 19th meeting of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission

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Click on the picture to view the video of selected speakers defending public education at the October 19, 2017 meeting of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Speakers are listed in order of appearance before the SRC.

At this meeting the SRC announced they are exploring the dissolution of the SRC. See the video at 0:36. Also see:

What comes after the SRC? City likely to move soon on new Philly school board | Philadelphia Inquirer – October 20, 2017