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Quibila Divine, Former Director, Parent and Family Engagement, The School District of Philadelphia; and President and Founder,The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students
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Quibila Divine, Former Director, Parent and Family Engagement, The School District of Philadelphia; and President and Founder, The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students
Quibila A. Divine, ...
Quibila A. Divine, President, Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc. (EARTHS) and former director of Parent and Family Engagement at the School District of Philadelphia; Sylvia Simms, PARENT POWER (What Will You Do With Yours?; Gordon Hoodak, Principal, Lauer's Park Elementary School, Reading, PA
Quibila Divine, whose ...
Quibila Divine, whose sister, Sylvia Simms, is a member of the School Reform Commission, testifies at an SRC meeting on Feb. 18.
Activist Quibila Divine has launched a citywide series of â€œparent congressesâ€� meant to teach residents citywide how to advocate for change in their schools.
is expanding her
role as a Philadelphia education advocate even as questions about her
financial backing remain unansweredÂ and possible conflict-of-interest issues for Simms â€" particularly as they relate to Thursdayâ€™sÂ final vote on charter conversion for Germantownâ€™s Wister Elementary â€" remain unexplored.
Despite calls for clarity, including from Mayor Kenney, Divine
declined to share any details of the funding supporting her
activities at Wister or the parent congresses.
â€œThatâ€™s not your business,â€� Divine said.
As a private citizen, Divine
, who works for a Chicago-based public relationsÂ firm with close ties to PSP
, is not required to disclose any information about her
has been the subject of scrutiny since her
sisterâ€™s surprise move in January to restore Mastery Charter Schoolsâ€™ bid to run Wister Elementary in Germantown, overriding the recommendation of Superintendent William Hite.
At the time, critics accused Divine of working for PSPÂ and called for Simms to recuse herself from Wister-related votes.
And althoughÂ reports have since confirmed that Divine
was active at Wister during the charter-conversion campaign, neither Divine nor Simms hasÂ ever discussed those activities in any detailÂ or responded to concerns about possible ethical conflicts that Divineâ€™s work could create for Simms.
Donna Cooper, head of the advocacy group Public Citizens for Children &Â Youth, said that Divine, as a private citizen, is well within her rights to declineÂ to share information about her work.
â€œWith any school matter thatâ€™s coming before the SRC
for a decision, at a school where Quibila Divine
works, Sylvia should have to recuse herself from the vote,â€� Cooper said.
allies, however, have conjectured that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
is driving the stepped-up scrutiny with secret funding of its own to advocates and the press.
frequently represents EOF in public.
â€œThere are no limitations,â€� said Divine
of the parent advocatesâ€™ potential activities.
said the new parent congresses wouldÂ be agnostic on questions of â€œschool type,â€� engaging supporters of District, charter, and parochial schools.
That kind of apparent, but unacknowledged, imbalance concerns those who watched Divine
Several prominent officials, including the mayor, have called for clear answers about whether Divine
helped organize community support for Masteryâ€™s bid for Wister.
, and their supporters have defended themselves as passionate and honest advocates.
District counsel issues opinion that Simms had no conflict on Wister-Mastery vote Simms, Divine
, and the Wister vote: A question of interest Emails show effort to sway SRC
on Wister charter conversion
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Quibila Divine - President/Founder of EARTHS