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Archive for June, 2017

Statement of the School District of Philadelphia re: Finding of No Wrong Doing by Commander Augustine Pescatore

In December, 2010, the School District of Philadelphia retained the services of Pepper Hamilton, LLP, a nationally recognized firm with a local office, to conduct an in-depth investigation after multiple agencies requested a complete and detailed account of contracting practices and procurement policies related to the installation of security cameras in 19 schools deemed by…

School District to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Registration Hours

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia will offer extended hours at its Education Center this week for families to enroll their children in school-based, full-day, free pre-Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. “Providing our students a quality early childhood education is key to unlocking their potential later in life,” said Dr. William R. Hite,…

School Reform Commission Approves PFT Contract

Philadelphia – The School Reform Commission today approved the tentative contract agreement ratified Monday by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.  This new PFT labor contract will run through August 31, 2020.  The agreement includes compensation increases for the first time in five years for Philadelphia teachers, restores contract certainty to the District’s workforce, brings stability…

The School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) today reached a tentative contract agreement that runs through August 31, 2020. “My top priority this school year has been to get a contract with the PFT that recognizes the hard work of teachers and school staff.  I am excited to…

Project to Equip All District Schools with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Nears Completion

PHILADELPHIA — In an effort to promote health and safety among students, The School District of Philadelphia today announced the finishing stages of a citywide project to equip every District school with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by June 30, 2017. “The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and outfitting our…

Family, Community Members Honored at School District’s End-of-Year Family Celebration

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia today celebrated the involvement of families and community members in District schools through an End-of-Year Family Celebration sponsored by its Office of Family and Community Engagement, in addition to hosting the first annual School Advisory Council (SAC) Awards. “Our students have the greatest opportunity for success when their families,…

Rookie Tackle to be Offered to Middle Grades Beginning in 2017-2018 School Year

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia today announced its partnership with USA Football to bring a Rookie Tackle program to several schools throughout the city for the 2017-2018 school year. The District is just one of 11 youth football leagues nationwide to pilot the program, designed to introduce young athletes to tackle football. “Our number…

Philadelphia Students Headed for Higher Education Honored at #ReachHigherPhilly College Signing Day

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of students and their families throughout the city of Philadelphia today participated in the 3rd Annual #ReachHigherPhilly College Signing Day at the Wells Fargo Center, designed to honor the Senior High School Class of 2017 from local public, charter and parochial schools who are pursuing a post-secondary education. “College is one of the…

School District, Philadelphia Outward Bound School Team Up on Pilot Program for Incoming Freshmen

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Outward Bound School have partnered on an exciting pilot program to be offered primarily to 9th Grade Academy students throughout the District beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. “Many of our students have participated in Outward Bound programs over the years, and have greatly benefited from the…

School District Distributes Summer Book Packs to 37,000 Elementary School Students City-Wide

PHILADELPHIA — As the 2016-2017 school year nears its end, The School District of Philadelphia is distributing free books to approximately 37,000 pre-kindergarten through second grade students across the District in an effort to encourage summer reading. “We need to do all that we can to ensure the skills our students learn throughout the school year,…