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EARTHS

Background Information

Employment History

President and Founder
The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students (EARTHS)

Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement
Philadelphia Gas Works

Assistant To the Director of Education and Community Service
Community Engagement

Vice President of Finance
Divine Dwellings

Assistant Director
School District of Philadelphia

Affiliations

PIRC Advisory Committee Member and Assistant Director
Office of Public Engagement , School District of Philadelphia

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Quibila Divine - President/Founder of EARTHS


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Quibila Divine, whose sister, Sylvia Simms, is a member of the School Reform Commission, testifies at an SRC meeting on Feb. 18.

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Activist Quibila Divine has launched a citywide series of “parent congresses� meant to teach residents citywide how to advocate for change in their schools.
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Divine is expanding her role as a Philadelphia education advocate even as questions about her financial backing remain unanswered and possible conflict-of-interest issues for Simms â€" particularly as they relate to Thursday’s final vote on charter conversion for Germantown’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.
“That’s not your business,� Divine said.
As a private citizen, Divine, who works for a Chicago-based public relations firm with close ties to PSP, is not required to disclose any information about her professional interests.
However, she has been the subject of scrutiny since her sister’s surprise move in January to restore Mastery Charter Schools’ 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.
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And although reports have since confirmed that Divine was active at Wister during the charter-conversion campaign, neither Divine nor Simms has ever discussed those activities in any detail or responded to concerns about possible ethical conflicts that Divine’s work could create for Simms.
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Donna Cooper, head of the advocacy group Public Citizens for Children & Youth, said that Divine, as a private citizen, is well within her rights to decline to share information about her work.
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“With any school matter that’s coming before the SRC for a decision, at a school where Quibila Divine works, Sylvia should have to recuse herself from the vote,� Cooper said.
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Divine and her 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.
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Divine frequently represents EOF in public.
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“There are no limitations,� said Divine of the parent advocates’ potential activities.
Divine said the new parent congresses would be agnostic on questions of “school type,� engaging supporters of District, charter, and parochial schools.
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That kind of apparent, but unacknowledged, imbalance concerns those who watched Divine at Wister.
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Several prominent officials, including the mayor, have called for clear answers about whether Divine helped organize community support for Mastery’s bid for Wister.
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Simms, Divine, and their supporters have defended themselves as passionate and honest advocates.
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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


Past EPLC Events | EPLC - The Education Policy and Leadership Center

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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


Forums and Special Events | EPLC - The Education Policy and Leadership Center

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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, ...

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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

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