Over 100 teachers, parents and students showed up at the SRC meeting to demand a voice in OUR schools’ futures. Even though 75 of us were locked out in a hallway for over 2.5 hours, we stayed strong in our message that we must BRING DEMOCRACY BACK in Philadelphia. Our speakers testified on the harsh and depressing realities of teaching in Broken Promise Academies, as well as the countless ways that communities have been undercut and ignored in the Renaissance Schools process.
However, the SRC bulldozed over communities’ convictions and demands against privatizing our schools, and handed over 8 public schools into private, outside charter managers.
It is clear that the momentum is building. We must continue to work together as teachers, parents and students to reclaim public schools for the PUBLIC.