via Wrench in the Gears
January 30, 2018
dwelling via a captivating second now in Philadelphia. The School Reform
Commission is being disbanded. In the approaching months Mayor Jim Kenney shall be
appointing a faculty board from nominations put forth via a choose panel.
The procedure is murky, and a trend of closed-door schooling coverage
decision-making has been established right here, right here,
and right here.
Last night time, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce held a ticketed match to
speak about the way forward for trade in our faculties at Girard College, an
necessary website of battle in
the Civil Rights Movement. You needed to be a Chamber of Commerce associate to
acquire a $35 price tag for the development, which integrated the next language on
the development web page.
It seems the
long run of public schooling in our town is being mapped out via trade, undertaking
capital, and well-connected non-profit and better schooling companions. The other people, in the meantime, are left status
outdoor the gate. Last night time, then again, the true motion WAS outdoor the gate as
a dozen activists performed an act of civil disobedience to contest insurance policies
of exclusion and shine a mild at the mayor’s hypocrisy in casting this new
faculty board as a step in opposition to responsible native keep an eye on. Because what does
“local control” in truth imply if tutorial insurance policies are being directed via the
fingers of elite pursuits in Greek Temples without a lecturers, scholars, or
from Five-Five:45pm we claimed the gap in entrance of the doorway to the Girard
College campus, wearing banners that learn “Nothing About Us Without Us,”
“Public Schools NOT Private Profit,” “Teachers Before Tech,” and “Our Children
Are NOT Data, Human Capital, or Impact Investment Opportunities.” This blockade pressured attendees to park
alongside a close-by boulevard and stroll previous the folk to the gates the place contributors of
the Caucus of Working Educators pressed our calls for for transparency in faculty
governance into their fingers. Click right here for a duplicate of the handout we gave
attendees. The video beneath supplies a 15-minute evaluation of the motion.