It's SRC Thursday, and I'll be livetweeting the goings-on - beginning with a 4:30 p.m. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers rally, and continuing on to the meeting, scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start. (Read the recap below.)
The teachers' union is rallying against a plan recently announced by Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. to give three Philadelphia School District schools to charters and close two more, among other things.
They're also promoting "community schools" - a model popular in some other cities, where schools become hubs with medical, mental, and dental services embedded inside the building.
The PFT has pushed hard for community schools, along with Council President Darrell Clarke. Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney has also made them a key part of his platform, promising 25 during his first term if he's elected. But the district has been slower to embrace the idea.
The meeting's agenda is relatively light, but with 45 speakers signed up to testify, it should be a long one.