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School District Opens Registration Process for Kindergarten Students

Posted on January 16, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia today opened kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018. “Enrollment in kindergarten is one of the first steps parents can take in setting their children up for long-term success,” said Dr. William R. Hite,…

School District, La Salle University Partner on Community Scholars Program

Posted on January 10, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

Initiative allows high school students to enroll in choice of college courses PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday joined with La Salle University to announce a partnership through which high-achieving high school students will be enrolled in college courses during this spring 2018 semester. They will take their first class on January…

School District Marks Expanded Breakfast Programs, Part of the District’s Overall Effort to Improve Attendance

Posted on January 9, 2018
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

Francis Scott Key Elementary a stellar example of positive impacts of the program PHILADELPHIA —  On Tuesday, January 9, Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, Councilwoman Helen Gym, Councilman Mark Squilla and other officials visited Francis Scott Key Elementary School to mark increased participation in its breakfast program and how…

School District, Read by 4th and iHeartMedia Join Forces for #AttendanceHero Contest

Posted on January 3, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

Social Media Initiative Encourages Adults to Share Tips About Getting Students to School On Time Each Day  PHILADELPHIA — Following solid gains in student attendance in schools across the city, The School District of Philadelphia is joining with Read by 4th and iHeartMedia to encourage families and students to continue this positive trend to ensure…

Commodore John Barry Elementary School Students Surprised with Backpacks, School Supplies for the Holidays

Posted on December 21, 2017
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

The Kids In Need Foundation Donates 25,000 Backpacks Across the District PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation, today helped surprise approximately 400 students at Commodore John Barry Elementary School with new backpacks and school supplies, just in time for the winter break. The event was part…

Lindback Award Applications Now Open to Teachers, Principals Throughout the School District

Posted on December 18, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is once again partnering with The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to honor exemplary Philadelphia public school teachers and principals, continuing an annual tradition that has awarded over $3 million in total grants to deserving educators throughout the city. For the eleventh consecutive year, the Foundation…

Superintendent Hite Statement on Vote to Dissolve the School Reform Commission

Posted on November 16, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

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

Posted on November 16, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

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

Posted on November 16, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

“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

Posted on November 16, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

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…