Proposed City Council resolution backs Hope Moffett

A Philadelphia teacher who has been sent to so-called “teacher jail” while the district tries to fire her is winning support from some on City Council.  

Hope Moffett is accused of endangering her students by giving them SEPTA tokens that they used to attend a protest against converting Audenried High School into a charter.  Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said she almost didn’t introduce the resolution calling for re-instating Moffett because of pressure from colleagues.

“People can be penalized or punished but I don’t believe that her good acts a good teacher trying to engage her kids in education trying to engage the people people in the world they live in in a positive way with positive intentions she didn’t hide anything. I don’t think that person should be fired,” said Blackwell.

Councilwoman Blondell Renyolds Brown said she and others are supporting Moffett.

“As a former educator, the students are watching the way we are handing the situation with Ms Moffet,” said Brown.

The case is in Federal Court with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers fighting to keep Moffett’s job.

The resolution could get a vote next week.

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