Live from the SRC: activists ask for an end to elementary-school suspensions, more

Activists plan to ask the School Reform Commission to halt suspensions for all elementary school children through fifth grade. The SRC then meets for its regular monthly session.

It's SRC day (again; second meeting this month, with two more meetings scheduled for Monday) and I'll be covering the action.

First up: education advocates, including folks from the Education Law Center, One Pennsylvania and others, will rally to ask the School Reform Commission and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. to end suspensions for elementary-school children. That's planned for 3:30.

Earlier Thursday, there was action on the issue in City Council.

My colleague Tricia L. Nadolny reports that Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduced a resolution calling on the school system to halt the practice. She said she would also likely hold a hearing on the topic.

"There are so many other less invasive, less punitive measures that lead up to suspension," said Reynolds Brown, a former third-grade teacher. "And if we as educators are not exercising those less punitive measures, then we're failing these kids, to use the hardest measure which is to leave them out of the classroom."

Then, it's onto the SRC's monthly meeting, where commissioners will consider a long list of resolutions, including actions on a few charter schools. The meeting is set to begin at 4:30.

I'll be livetweeting, as usual.