Let’s Do the Math!

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting Testimony

December 15, 2022

Sung by Ilene Poses

Testimony for Dec. 15, 2022

Let’s do the math!

$450,00 to Shawn Josephs of Kentucky for advice in the superintendent’s transition 

$1 million to FLO Analytics  and now the board wants to pay another consultant for organizational structure

$360,00 Last month for Partners in School Improvement

$1,750,000 for Power School Learning Management System educator evaluation tool. Can’t principals rate educators without this additional cost??

$1,800,000 Kooth USA ‪To assist with supporting students’ mental health needs using technology.  Didn’t we learn during the pandemic – less tech‬nology – more counselors.

Any wonder there is no money left for libraries, support staff, asst. principals, and counselors?

Any wonder the district is near the bottom of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Parent and Community Engagement  committee told the Board they wanted more personnel in the schools.  Instead the schools get:


Vendors who need spenders

Feel so lucky to work in our schools.

While parents, agree with other parents

They’d rather pay for school staff to provide 

for love and safety inside

Wanting more of this than vendors.

Consultants, are very special people

They’re the wealthiest people in the schools.

With a contract

With extensions to their contracts

They know deep in their soul

Spending is out of control

No more local interests

But first be a vendor who hooks spenders

Vendors who hook spenders

Are the wealthiest people in the schools.

[Based upon People, written 1964, Music by Jules Styne, words by Bob Merrill]

People who need people                          

Are the luckiest people in the world

We’re children, needing other children

And yet letting a grown-up pride

Hide all the need inside

Acting more like children than children

Lovers, very special people

They’re the luckiest people in the world

With one person

One very special person

A feeling deep in your soul

Says you were half now you’re whole

No more hunger and thirst

But first be a person who needs people

People who need people

Are the luckiest people in the world