Philadelphia’s ‘Rubber Room’ Schoolteacher Faces Off Against School Board

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia public school teacher who was once confined to a “rubber room” is going public again with her criticism of the School District of Philadelphia.

“I contend that my vocal opposition was the reason I was removed,” said Hope Moffett, who continues to criticize the school district’s plan to convert her school, Audenried High, to a charter.

She’s back in her classroom now, but she spent several weeks in exile after she gave students transit tokens to attend a protest and talked to the media about her punishment (see previous stories).

She spoke again during the public portion of yesterday’s School Reform Commission meeting.

“This is intimidation of the worst kind.  When personnel disputes leave students without a teacher, how can we say that children come first?” she asked.

SRC chair Robert Archie declined to debate Moffett in public.

“No, ma’am.  I don’t think this is the proper forum by which we should address those issues now.  They’re all under arbitration.  If you want to raise them in that forum, you’re more than willing to do so.”

The SRC votes on the charter plan for Audenried on April 27th.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Smash Crasher

    Typical snot-rag, cowardly liberal spoiled parasite masquerading as a teacher and using children as pawns to further her political and social agenda. She should be fired.

  • Paul

    Troublemaker that needs to get her payback, “what about the children?” Please. Rubber room, she needs a padded cell…

  • NS

    Isn’t Archie as Chair of the SRC supposed to provide oversight of the School District, and not just be a rubber stamp for Ackerman? Both need to be replaced.

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