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March 21, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Activist teacher Hope Moffett entered Audenried High School this morning, eager to return to the classroom for the first time since Feb. 19. Some students were happy, too. "I'm very excited ... ecstatic!" said Onika Richardson, also a junior, standing in the rain under an umbrella covered with smiley faces. Before heading to the school, Moffatt spoke to reporters at a Dunkin Donuts in Grays Ferry and voiced concerns about the next step, a scheduled meeting with school officials.
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March 20, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
The settlement that averted the firing of a popular Philadelphia teacher allowed both sides to claim a measure of victory and put an end to a controversy that had literally turned into a federal case. Hope Moffett, an English teacher at Audenried High School, will return to the classroom Monday but faces a five-day suspension that union officials say they will fight to overturn. She also agreed to read to her students a statement that district officials characterized as an admission of wrongdoing, but that she said was no such thing.
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March 19, 2011 | By JOSH CORNFIELD, cornfij@phillynews.com 215-854-2893
The Philadelphia School District's fight against Hope came to a surprisingly happy ending yesterday. Hope Moffett, the Audenried High School English teacher who was exiled from her classroom for the last 19 school days and expected to be fired, will be back in front of her students on Monday. Moffett, 25, will receive a five-day suspension after acknowledging that she didn't notify Audenried's principal on Feb. 14 that students planned to leave school to attend a rally on Feb. 15 "even though no parental permission had been submitted to the school," the district said in a statement.
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March 9, 2011 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
Philadelphia School District officials yesterday described Audenried High School as a "chronically low-performing school" that is "heading in the wrong direction" academically. The district rebutted statements made by Audenried English teacher Hope Moffett, who was banished to the district's rubber room on Feb. 18 and now faces firing for violating district policies. She has publicly questioned the district's data and the selection of Audenried to become a charter school. But yesterday, the district said its data indicate that the school, which reopened less than three years ago, is still "struggling.
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March 9, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District's decision to overhaul Audenried High School is based on years of poor test scores, graduation rates, and attendance, officials said Tuesday, not just on the new school's performance. In the face of community outrage over the district's decision to hand Audenried over to a charter organization and its move to fire teacher Hope Moffett, top district administrators struck back in a Tuesday news conference. Members of the Grays Ferry community who oppose Audenried's takeover by Universal Cos. Inc. call it unfair to judge the new school by the old Audenried's problems.
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March 8, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Certain that the Philadelphia School District would fire her, Audenried High School teacher Hope Moffett updated her resumé over the weekend. It was a prescient move. On Monday, officials hand-delivered a document notifying her they were recommending that she "be terminated of her service with the School District of Philadelphia. " Her union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said it would fight for her. The third-year English teacher has been an outspoken critic of the district's Renaissance Schools overhaul plan.
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March 8, 2011 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
EVEN ONE of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's staunchest supporters finds the impending firing of outspoken Audenried High School teacher Hope Moffett to be "outrageous. " It "smacks of royal vengeance," J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, said last night. Moffett, 25, expects to be formally told that the district plans to fire her when she meets again with school administrators today. Mondesire called the punishment of Moffett, one of the most outspoken critics of the district's plan to put Audenried on a list of "failing schools" and convert it to a charter school, "disgusting.
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March 3, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Exiled Audenried High School teacher Hope Moffett met with two district officials Wednesday, but she's still in the "rubber room" and expects to face disciplinary charges, she said. "They intend to keep me out of the classroom for the foreseeable future," she said in an interview. In an hour-long "investigatory conference," Moffett - whose classroom ouster and subsequent refusal to remain silent on the subject have generated wide support for her among teachers - was charged with disclosing a document she had been directed not to discuss and allegedly endangering the welfare and safety of students.
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February 26, 2011 | By Martha Woodall and Kristen Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Chanting "More collaboration! No intimidation!" more than 500 teachers, students, parents, and residents rallied outside Philadelphia School District headquarters Friday to protest their lack of voice in the district's education reforms. They also lambasted what they called the district's efforts to intimidate students and punish teachers for speaking out against the reform plans. "Enough is enough!" David Kirui, an English teacher at Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown, told the crowd.
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February 25, 2011 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
HOPE MOFFETT, the banished Audenried High School teacher, spent her third day in a teacher dungeon yesterday - waiting in limbo to learn if and when she can return to her classroom. A scheduled "investigatory conference" set for yesterday was postponed, and neither Moffett nor the teachers' union are sure when it will happen. So Moffett, 25, said she will again report today to what teachers call the "rubber room," where they're sent to await rulings on disciplinary matters. Moffett has been a vocal critic of the district's unilateral decision to turn Audenried - a school at 33rd and Tasker streets in Grays Ferry that opened less than three years ago - into a charter under the Renaissance Schools initiative aimed at helping to turn around low-achieving schools.
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