APPS members testimony to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – July 1, 2016

SRC 7-1-16 #4

On July 1, 2016 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission held its monthly meeting.

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

Each  of the two  videos can be viewed here.

Click on the pictures below to view the individual video.


Karel Kilimnik SRC testimony 7-1-16

Video of APPS member Karel Kilimnik testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – July 1, 2016.

The transcript of Karel’s testimony.


Ilene Poses SRC testimony 7-1-16

Video of APPS member Ilene Poses singing at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – July 1, 2016.

The transcript of Ilene’s song.


 

APPS members testimony to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – June 16, 2016

SRC 6-16-16 #4

On June 16, 2016 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission held its monthly meeting.

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

All seven of the videos can be viewed here.

Click on the pictures below to view the individual video. The videos are in the order of testimony at the meeting.


Robin Roberts 6-16-16 pic

Video of APPS member Robin Roberts testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

The transcript of Robin’s testimony.


LIsa Haver 6-16-16 pics

Video of APPS member Lisa Haver testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

Lisa testified about the letter that APPS has sent to Governor Wolf and Mayor Nutter calling for an investigation into the SRC’s charter reauthorization process. The letter can be read here.


Barbara Dowdall 6-16-16 pic

Video of APPS member Barbara Dowdall testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

The transcript of Barbara’s testimony.


Deborah Grill 6-16-16  pic

Video of APPS member Deborah Grill testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

The transcript of Debbie’s testimony.


Lynda Rubin 6-16-16 pic

Video of APPS member Lynda Rubin testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

The transcript of Lynda’s testimony.


Robin Lowry 6-16-16 pic

Video of APPS member Robin Lowry testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.


Richard Migliore 6-16-16 pic

Video of APPS member Richard Miglore testifying at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting – June 16, 2016.

Richard gave each member of the SRC a copy of his book “Whose School Is it? the Democratic Imperative for Our Schools”. In the video of the SRC you can see Bill Green’s copy laying on the floor.


Eyes on the SRC – June 16, 2016

SRC pic 5-19-16

Each month, APPS publishes our “Eyes on the SRC” in which we select some of the resolutions to be voted on at the next meeting for perusal and analysis. As of this writing, the SRC has posted 129 resolutions for the June 16 Action Meeting. Eight of those resolutions involve charter school renewals or amendments to other charters. Two resolutions involve approvals of the charter licenses for John Wister Mastery Charter School and Global Leadership Academy at Huey Charter School as part of the Renaissance program. One resolution re-establishes Kenderton Elementary as a District operated neighborhood school.

There are too many resolutions in The Academic Payments/Contracts for APPS to investigate before Thursday’s meeting.   Many of these resolutions involve the outsourcing of services and involve millions of dollars.   We encourage you to look them over. You can access them on the School District’s website.

At its May 28 meeting, the SRC again tabled the resolutions on the non-renewals of Aspira Olney High School and Aspira Stetson Middle School.

This month, without explanation, the SRC has failed to post the resolutions on non-renewal of the two Aspira schools. In addition, non-renewal resolutions for two Universal schools, Audenried and Vare, have disappeared since being postponed two meetings ago. Will the SRC tell the public what is happening and whether or not the process is continuing? Or is this process taking place behind closed doors?

Please note: there is a second Action meeting this month: Thursday, June 30 @ 4:30 PM.

To register to speak at either one, call 215-400-4180 before 4:30 PM the day before the meeting.



Click here to read Selected Resolutions and APPS Analysis

Ears on the SRC – May 19, 2016

SRC 5-19-16

By Diane Payne

May 23, 2016

 APPS Presence

APPS members continue to bear witness to the actions of the state-imposed School Reform Commission.  Whether the meeting is crowded or sparsely attended, we testify every month on crucial issues, not the least of which is the SRC’s lack of transparency and public accountability. APPS members were present to call “shame” on the SRC when it convened its stealth meeting to cancel the PFT contract. This month APPS members Karel Kilimnik, Diane Payne and Robin Lowry spoke on a number of issues. To view their testimony, go to APPSphilly.net.

Among the public speakers was a dedicated group of Penrose School parents from Southwest Philadelphia. They voiced their anger and frustrations at both the district administration and the Penrose school administration’s failure to support their hard work toward redesign.  There is never a penalty for district’s failures but schools are labeled and then closed, turned over to charters, and subjected to the chaos and churn of the turn-around model.

SRC Rejects Charter Office Report, Changes Procedure to Hold Up Non-Renewal of Renaissance Schools

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