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School District Invests $3 Million in New, State-of-the-Art Athletic Complex at Bartram High School

Posted on April 24, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

Upgrades to include new synthetic turf field, rubberized track and field and grandstand renovations PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia broke ground on a new, $3 million athletic field complex at Bartram High School that will provide students and community members in southwest Philadelphia a safe, sustainable and upgraded place to play and exercise…

School District’s GreenFutures Sustainability Program Earns Statewide Recognition

Posted on April 23, 2018
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

Initiative Now Recognized at Federal, State and Local Levels PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, April 23, The School District of Philadelphia celebrated receiving the Environmental Excellence Award from Governor Tom Wolf’s administration for the District’s GreenFutures Sustainability Program. Monday’s event took place at Benjamin Franklin High School where there is a solar Career Technical Education program,…

School District Posts School Budget Books and the Consolidated Budget Book Online for the Public

Posted on April 18, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — Every year the School District of Philadelphia publishes two budget books annually for the public and District stakeholders: a School Budget book and a Consolidated Budget Book. The books have been posted online, the earliest they have been made available, and for the first time prior to the public Budget hearing, which is…

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

Posted on April 10, 2018
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

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

Posted on April 3, 2018
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

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

Posted on March 29, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

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

Posted on March 28, 2018
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

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

Posted on March 22, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

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

Posted on March 12, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

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

Posted on March 8, 2018
Categories: Press Releases

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…