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Archive for March, 2017

School District Schools’ Solutions for Healthy Living and Food Waste Reduction Win the Aspen Challenge in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Three groups of inspiring students from George Washington High School, Northeast High School and Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter High School claimed the top prizes during the Aspen Challenge competition in Philadelphia on March 29 at Ballroom at the Ben. Judges awarded the winning teams an all-expenses-paid opportunity to attend and present at the…

School District, City Release Plans for Community Schools

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office of Education today unveiled the plans for the city’s nine community schools following months of surveys, focus groups and meetings held within each school community to identify the top needs of students and families. “These community school plans mark a significant milestone in the…

Annual Charter Evaluations Released

PHILADELPHIA—Today, the Charter Schools Office (CSO) of The School District of Philadelphia released Annual Charter Evaluations (ACE) for all brick and mortar Philadelphia charter schools as part of its Authorizing Quality Initiative. The 2016 ACE primarily reflects charter school performance for the 2015-2016 school year and the ACE is fully aligned to CSO charter performance…

School and City Officials Visit Lankenau High School to Announce Energy Efficiency Pilot Program

PHILADELPHIA –  Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and representatives of labor met at Lankenau High School today to announce the launch of an energy efficiency pilot program. “The purpose of this energy pilot program is to determine if…

School District Approves Funds for Pre-Employment Transition Services

PHILADELPHIA – The School Reform Commission today approved a donation of $550,000 in funding allocated for programs designed to help prepare students with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence after graduation. “Our students with disabilities and their families deserve to have access to quality resources that will make the transition to the working world both smooth…

School Reform Commission Approves Creation of Policy Committee

PHILADELPHIA—Today, the School Reform Commission (SRC) approved the creation of a policy committee that will review policies that impact students and staff.  The creation of this committee builds upon the work the SRC has done to increase transparency and accessibility as a large number of policies are developed and reviewed. Last year, the SRC began a process to review and…

School District Launches Campaign to Hire up to 1,000 New Teachers for the 2017-2018 School Year

PHILADELPHIA –  Today The School District of Philadelphia announced the beginning of an exciting recruiting campaign to hire up to 1,000 new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Prospective candidates can apply today at https://jobs.philasd.org. “This is a great time to teach and work in the School District of Philadelphia.  We are hiring and continue to add to our teacher force,…

School District of Philadelphia Releases Report on the Stranded Costs of Charter Schools

Philadelphia – Today the School District of Philadelphia released a study that re-examines stranded costs associated with students enrolling or moving to charter schools.  Since 2012, The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) has relied on an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group which identified $7,000 of stranded costs for every student who left a District…

School District Highlights School Breakfast Program at H.A. Brown Elementary School

PHILADELPHIA – Today, The School District of Philadelphia celebrated National School Breakfast Week by highlighting the successful breakfast program at H.A. Brown Elementary School, where students are served breakfast in their classrooms every day. Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Helen Gym were on hand…