Feltonville teachers protest award: ‘We can’t eat while our school is starved’

Photo: Daniel Denvir

Photo: Daniel Denvir

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper) – Teachers at Feltonville Arts and Sciences protested a School District of Philadelphia award congratulating them on increasing the number of students eating breakfast on site. They stood silently in front of a spread of food and held signs saying, “We can’t eat while our school is starved.”

Amy Roat, an English as a Second Language teacher and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers building representative, says her colleagues “will not play our parts in the theater of the absurd.”

“The representative from Food Service was surprised and told us ‘You don’t understand. This is for you for all of your hard work.’ It is the people at 440 [District headquarters] who do not understand. We don’t need a continental breakfast. We need books, supplies and staff to help our students.”

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