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School District Announces Details of 2018 College Signing Day featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama as Keynote Speaker

School District Announces Details of 2018 College Signing Day featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama as Keynote Speaker

PHILADELPHIA — A press conference was held at the School District of Philadelphia Education Center on April 10, 2018, to discuss the details of this year’s College Signing Day (CSD). College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university,…

School District Announces Expansion of Early Literacy Pilot Program

School District Announces Expansion of Early Literacy Pilot Program

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia announced the expansion of its early literacy pilot program to provide modernized classrooms and materials to pre-Kindergarten through third grade students at 11 additional schools in the 2018-2019 school year. The announcement was made in west Philadelphia at Alain Locke Elementary School, one of the eight schools currently…

Chair Joyce Wilkerson and Dr. Chris McGinley Announce Their Resignations as SRC plans for Transition

PHILADELPHIA — School Reform Commission (SRC) Chair Joyce Wilkerson and fellow SRC Commissioner Dr. Christopher McGinley have submitted resignation letters to Mayor Jim Kenney.   Governor Wolf has named current SRC Commissioner Estelle Richman to serve as Chair of the School Reform Commission. “I want to thank Joyce and Chris for their service and I am…

School District Teachers Honored by Lindback Foundation for Excellence in Education

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly sixty teachers from The School District of Philadelphia have received the annual Lindback Award for Distinguished Public Teachers. “These award-winning teachers go above and beyond to support students both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “Their leadership, commitment and persistence make…

School Reform Commission Approves Lump Sum Budget for Fiscal Year 2019

Philadelphia – Today, the School Reform Commission (SRC) approved a resolution adopting the $3.15 billion Lump Sum Budget for the School District of Philadelphia for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19).  After years of financial challenges the School District of Philadelphia under Mayor Kenney’s school funding proposal will see balanced budgets through 2023 instead of a $900…

School District’s New Parent & Family Portal Launches to Improve Communication Between Schools, Families

PHILADELPHIA — In an effort to better engage parents through technology and to help school staff members and families more effectively communicate, the School District of Philadelphia launched its updated Parent & Family Portal. The online platform gives parents and guardians improved access to student schedules, attendance, assignments, grades, immunizations and contact information. “We know…

Letter to Families on March 14 Nationwide Walkout

The following letter was sent home to students and families on behalf of Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, regarding the nationwide student walkout on March 14:   “March 6, 2018 Dear Parents and Guardians: In light of the most recent school shooting tragedy in Florida, students across the nation…

All School District of Philadelphia Schools Will Be Open Thursday, March 8 on a Two Hour Delay

PHILADELPHIA —  Due to the inclement weather, all School District of Philadelphia schools will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 8, 2018 on a two-hour delay.  All buses will operate on a delayed schedule pushing morning pick up times back by two hours. We ask that parents and caregivers be patient as certain yellow bus routes may…

School District Principals Recognized by Lindback Foundation for Outstanding Leadership

School District Principals Recognized by Lindback Foundation for Outstanding Leadership

PHILADELPHIA — Seven principals from The School District of Philadelphia have received the annual Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership. The 2018 recipients are: Dywonne Davis-Harris, Potter-Thomas Elementary School; Dr. Ted Domers, G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science; Jodan Floyd, AMY Northwest Middle School; John Piniat, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences; Deana…

School District to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Registration Hours

Families Encouraged to Complete Applications by February 28 PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia will offer extended hours at its Education Center for families to enroll their children in school-based, full-day, free pre-Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. “Providing our students a quality early childhood education is key to unlocking their potential later in…