ANCHOR GOAL 4

100% of funding
for great schools is secured
with zero deficit.



District-wide financial stability is allowing us to make investments to improve the education our students receive.

Nurses, counselors, new textbooks and hydration stations are in every school. We’ve modernized computer and science labs and put more resources into our lowest performing schools.

This fiscal stability has been critical in returning Philadelphia’s public schools to local control.









2017 Achievements

of balanced budgets resulting in improved long-term credit outlook.

of taxpayer money saved over the next 20 years through high-interest debt refinancing.

expansion of the District-wide investment plan over 7 years.

classrooms modernized with state-of-the-art technology.

2018 Priorities

Invest in the resources, training, professional development, and coaching necessary to create school cultures that enable all students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Maintain balanced budgets through the five-year financial plan.


Mayor Jim Kenney:

Ensuring quality schools for every Philadelphia child

“Over the past two years, the tough reforms that Dr. Hite and his administration have initiated have started to pay dividends. The district has had multiple years of balanced budgets and their bond rating has improved.

Philadelphia’s schools have finally returned a nurse and counselor to every school, and the district has filled 99% of teacher vacancies.”

Speech before City Council, November 2017


Philly district spending $5 million to spruce up classrooms

“…the Philadelphia School District unveiled a $5 million initiative to modernize select classrooms at eight city schools in an effort to boost achievement there.”

Philadelphia Inquirer (Aug. 24, 2017)

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Moody’s upgrades credit rating for the School District of Philadelphia for the first time since 2010

“This type of investment, along with the ratification of a long-awaited teachers’ contract, also improves the overall perception of the district as a viable provider of education services to city residents and taxpayers.”

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Rethinking the Future of Education

With financial stability comes the opportunity to dream about where we can go next. We’re listening to teachers, parents, families and communities as we continue to evolve and implement our plan.