Past Meetings

Education First Compact meeting topics and speakers in the 2015-16 school year included:

• September: State Priorities – Pedro Rivera (PA Secretary of Education)

• October: Read by 4th Campaign – Jenny Bogoni (Director of Read by 4th at the Free Library of Philadelphia)

• November: A System of Great Schools – Superintendent William R. Hite (School District of Philadelphia)

• December: The Charter Sector – Amy Ruck Kagan (Philadelphia Charters for Excellence), Julian Thompson (Charter Schools Office, School District of Philadelphia), and Susan Gobreski (Education Voters of PA)

• February: Career and Technical Education – Farrah Farnese (Philadelphia Youth Network), Otis Hackney (Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Philadelphia), Dave Kipphut (Career and Technical Education Office, School District of Philadelphia), Connie Majka (Philadelphia Academies)

• March: State Budget – Beth Olanoff (PA Department of Education) and Deborah Gordon Klehr (Education Law Center)

• April: Black Male Engagement – Jack Perry (Academic Enrichment Office, School District of Philadelphia), Jack Drummond (Office of Black Male Engagement, City of Philadelphia), Sharif El-Mekki (The Fellowship), and Gabriel Bryant (Department of Behavioral Health, City of Philadelphia)

• May: The Opportunity Network – Christina Grant (Opportunity Network, School District of Philadelphia), Taylor Frome (YESPhilly), Chekemma Townsend (Philadelphia Youth Network), and student panelists

• June: Community Schools – Susan Gobreski (Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Philadelphia)