Defenders of Public Education Speak Before the BOE, December 12, 2019

BOE

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Nimet Eren on Proposed Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

Jenifer Felix on Proposed Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

Lisa Haver on the Board’s Gifts to Charter Schools

Karel  Kilimnik on Community Disengagement

Kristin Luebbert on Anti-Racist Training

Maddie Luebbert on Proposed Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

Barbara McDowell Dowdall on Board Practices

Diane Payne on the Corporate Influence in Action Items

Robin Roberts on the Access Program

Lynda Rubin on the Outsourcing of District Responsibilities

Susan Wienand on Proposed Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

 

Ears on the Board of Education: December 12, 2019

by Diane Payne

Once again APPS members stood in unison and exercised our legal right to object to the Board’s violation of the PA Sunshine Act under Section 710 (c). The Board fails to post in advance or to read the full text into the record at the time of the vote, in effect voting in secret. The full text, although dated 12/12/19,  did not appear on the District website until 12/14/19. That is a falsification of the public record, as is reporting in the official Minutes that the Board voted on the full resolution at the meeting.

District counsel Lynn Rauch had consulted with APPS co-founder Lisa Haver before the meeting about whether APPS would be objecting again and how.  Lisa told her that, as we had in the previous two Action Meetings, we would be making one objection before the votes on charter Items, that it would take about one minute, and that the objection had to be noted for the record and reported in the Minutes. For some reason, Board member Chris McGinley began to speak over us, moving to approve the first Mastery charter. President Wilkerson said nothing, but Rauch interrupted him to explain the procedure. For the third month in a row, not one member of  the Board addressed the objection. McGinley again moved to approve Mastery Charter High School (aka Mastery Lenfest Charter).

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Defenders of Public Education Speak Before the BOE, October 17, 2019

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Patricia Brown on Toxic Schools

Karel Kliminik on the contract with KIPP

Barbara McDowdell Dowdall on Germatown Dreams

Laurie Mazer on Toxic Schools

Tasaday Messina on Toxic Schools

Ilene Poses on Toxic Schools

Lynda Rubin on Charter Renewal Votes

Eyes on the Board of Education: October 17, 2019

by Karel Kilimnik

With the rapidly unfolding debacle of the planned co-location of SLA at Ben Franklin High School, the Board needs to step up and provide leadership on District spending priorities. Stop fattening the bottom lines of outside vendors and increase spending to guarantee that all schools are healthy environments.  The Board needs to start denying contracts to vendors and demanding that the Superintendent build resources and support from within the District. District governance returned to local control over a year ago; it is past time to return to building up District staffing and resources.

 

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