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Superintendent Hite Statement on Vote to Dissolve the School Reform Commission

Tonight, before the School Reform Commission is a historic vote to begin the process to return the School District of Philadelphia to local control.  After years of tough decisions, strong fiscal management and investing in what we know works, public schools in Philadelphia are making progress to create great schools close to where children live….

Commissioner Dr. Christopher McGinley Statement on Vote to Dissolve the School Reform Commission

Every District in Pennsylvania is facing a difficult financial outlook. Though the School District of Philadelphia faces deficits in the coming years through tough choices, increased funding from our stakeholders, establishment of a 5-year budget plan and smart fiscal management we are in a stronger position to face these deficits than ever before. The district…

Commissioner Bill Green Statement on Vote to Dissolve the School Reform Commission

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.  The human mind is our fundamental resource.”  John F. Kennedy “Local control” is one of those concepts it’s hard to argue against. After all, it sounds like participatory democracy, and decision-making by and close to those most impacted. So, why do…

Joyce Wilkerson, SRC Chair Statement on Vote to Dissolve the School Reform Commission

As I have said before, there is no more critical issue to the success of our city than the success of our schools. The District is making progress for students in classrooms across the city.  This year has been the strongest start of the school year since Dr. Hite became superintendent and we continue to…

District Graduation Rates Increase Again

Hard Work Keeps Paying Off – Progress and Momentum of the School District of Philadelphia Continues Philadelphia – At a pep rally at Lincoln High School, the School District of Philadelphia celebrated an increase in their graduation rate for the third consecutive year.  This comes on the heels of the District’s increases in PSSA/Keystones announced…

Superintendent Hite, SRC Chair Joyce Wilkerson Issue Statements on Mayor Kenney’s Speech on Return to Local Control

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, and Joyce Wilkerson, Chair of the School Reform Commission, have issued statements regarding Mayor Jim Kenney’s Nov. 2 speech on the return to local control. Dr. Hite’s statement is as follows: “I will continue to advocate for the resources that will increase…

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia Unveils Innovative Tool to Make it Easier to Support Public Schools

Philly FUNDamentals, a new web-based platform, allows donors to give directly to a school and project of their choice PHILADELPHIA—The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (the Fund) is proud to launch Philly FUNDamentals, an innovative web-based giving platform that seeks to strengthen all Philadelphia public schools. The School District of Philadelphia is one…

School District Highlights Expanded English Learner Positions and Immigration Services

Superintendent Hite joined by City Councilors Blackwell, Parker, Sánchez and Gym, and Immigrant Student Advocates tour Woodrow Wilson Middle School and observe English language learner classes PHILADELPHIA – Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, joined City Council leaders and Immigrant Student Advocates at Woodrow Wilson Middle School to celebrate expanded English…

School District to Redesign Arts Education with a Focus on Driving Student Success

Student-focused Arts & Creativity Framework aims to significantly bolster arts resources and curriculum   PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia unveiled its new multi-phased Arts & Creativity Framework, which establishes a path forward for a comprehensive redesign of arts education in the City.  Supported by the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Framework was developed from 16…

Nearly 40,000 School District High School Students Are Taking the PSAT/SAT for Free

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is again providing free access and opportunity for 38,365 District high school students to take the SAT, Practice SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Qualifying Test, and PSAT 8/9. “Anchor Goal 1 is about ensuring all children graduate ready for a career or college.  By making the PSAT/SAT and other key…