By Diane Payne
Seven Mastery Charter Schools and KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School were voted on for renewal. Three of these schools were from the 2015/16 school year. All Charter School negotiations are conducted out of the public view. Unspecified conditions were originally attached to the school’s renewal by the Charter School Office (CSO) but all conditions were dropped for the renewals on this agenda. The public has no way of knowing what those conditions were or why those unknown conditions were dropped.
Many staff, parents, and administrators spoke on the toxic conditions found in many of our school buildings advocating for a systemic fix.
President Joyce Wilkerson, Vice-president Wayne Walker, Julia Danzy, Mallory Fix Lopez, Lee Huang, Maria McColgan, Angela McIver, and Chris McGinley were present. Board member Leticia Egea-Hinton was absent. Nine members of APPS were present; five members spoke in defense of public education and one member submitted written testimony.
Video of the entire Board meeting is posted on the District website and can be found by going to the District website, clicking on Board of Education, scrolling down to “watch previous Board meetings.”