Kristen Graham covers the Philadelphia School District. A native Philadelphian – and a product of the school system and Temple University – she has written about everything from crime and county government to education since joining the Inquirer in 2000.
Kristen is a Pulitzer Prize winner, part of a team whose "Assault on Learning" series about violence in the Philadelphia schools won the 2012 prize for public service for the Inquirer. Please pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-5146.
Big things are afoot at tonight's School Reform Commission meeting tonight.
The SRC will hear a presentation on testing integrity - presumably, news of the disrict's years-long investigation on cheating on state exams. Later, it will consider firing three principals in connection with alleged testing improprieties.
For the last two and a half hours, a number of speakers have told of their experiences with the charter schools up for renewal — with most expressing concern for students' futures at the four charter schools in limbo if those schools either don't have their licenses renewed or have their licenses revoked. No vote has been taken yet.