The Philadelphia Public School Notebook reports: "A series of nine speakers at Wednesday's School Reform Commission came to the defense of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, praising her Imagine 2014 agenda, while members of a group of parents raised signs saying, 'We support our superintendent,' and 'Dr. Ackerman's way or no way!' The speakers directly and indirectly alluded to the fact that the superintendent has come under criticism recently, particularly for her handling of the recent violence at South Philadelphia High School. One elected official, State Rep. Tony Payton, was also there to back up Ackerman and Imagine 2014. 'I am in full support of what you're trying to do and I'll continue to be a voice in support of additional resources for the District, he said in his testimony."
Racial tensions have been escalating at South Philadelphia High School, and peaked when 30 Asian students were the target of a violent attack. But one group of diverse students have resisted the divisive racial tensions by breakdancing.