Testimony of Ilene Poses to the BOE, May 28, 2020

As someone who has worked with students in charters and district schools I urge the board to look beyond some of the advertising that charter schools are promoting. In the May 22 Inquirer article about charter and catholic students’ participation in online learning the implication was that charter parents care more and charters have more students learning remotely. This information came from a survey which didn’t include district schools! Are you also aware that Cramp School just had its annual career day virtually complete with actors from the Arden? Are you equally aware that some of district teachers are seeing 90% of their students participate online?
Mastery Douglas is up for renewal – please look beyond the propaganda.

Thank you lyricist and composer Tom Lehrer!

If you visit Mastery Douglas
You will find its academics sluggish
But two things of which you must beware:
Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air!

Pollution, pollution!
Its fountains brown with sewage & mud
Turn on their taps
And get hot and cold running crud!

The school is high, in out of school suspensions.
Costs close to $10 mil a year, dare I mention.
Kids gotta learn, kids gotta try
But kids get kicked out if they don’t comply.

Deception! Distraction!
They failed to meet basic scholar standards
Who would renew
When these questions are never answered?