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Board Asks for City Council Support to Help Stem Gun Violence that Impacts Students and Families

During Board of Education testimony before Philadelphia City Council on May 4, 2022, the Board applauded the work of Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to implement new programming and to dedicate funding to address the current gun violence crisis in Philadelphia. However,  Board Member Reginald Streater said, “More needs to be done to protect…

Student Board Reps Connect with Students in the City and Beyond

Since the school year began, Student Board Representatives Rebecca Allen and Armando Ortez have been connecting with students in the city and across the country to gain insight on student concerns. For instance, early last fall Rebecca and Armando attended the Superintendent’s Advisory Board meeting where high school students shared their feelings about transitioning from…

The Board Begins Second Year of Progress Monitoring of Goals and Guardrails

In January, the Board began its second year of progress monitoring of Goals & Guardrails, the Board’s five-year plan to increase student achievement. Goals are related to academic achievement and college and career readiness, while Guardrails are the conditions that must exist in schools to support student achievement. The Board has invested significant time each…

Parent and Community Advisory Council Reaches Out to School Communities

Parent and Community Advisory Council (PCAC) Members have actively approached their role as liaisons between the city’s school communities and the Board of Education. Since the school year began, Council Members have engaged in Board work, served as trusted channels of communication and supported community drives for food, clothes and holiday toys. To begin with,…

The Board Supports the Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit

The Board recently adopted a resolution to support the Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit, which could significantly impact funding for under-resourced school districts across the state. The lawsuit, being tried in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, alleges that school funding is inadequate and inequitable and asks the state to distribute more funds to low-wealth districts. According to…

Board Monitors Progress Towards Guardrail 4

At its May Action Meeting, the Board of Education monitored progress toward achieving Guardrail 4: “Our students’ potential will not be limited by practices that perpetuate systemic racism and hinder student achievement.” Board members reviewed data, identified trends and asked questions regarding Guardrail 4 in a discussion led by Board Vice President Leticia Egea-Hinton. To…

What are Your Priorities for Public Education?

The Board of Education wants every school to be a safe, welcoming and healthy place where our students, staff and community want to be and where our students learn, thrive and succeed! What investments should we prioritize to make this happen? We invite you to share your ideas with the Board on Thursday, March 18,…

The Board Welcomes Three New Members

The Board of Education welcomes three new Board Members who were sworn in by Mayor Jim Kenney on February 19, 2021. The new Board Members, who share a commitment to improving public education for the city’s children, are Lisa Salley, Reginald L. Streater and Cecelia Thompson.   “On behalf of the Board, I welcome our…

The Board Invites Rising Juniors and Seniors to Apply to be a Student Board Representative in 2021-2022 School Year

The Board of Education invites students, who are rising juniors and seniors and who would like to bring student voice to the Board, to apply to become a Student Board Representative for the 2021-2022 school year. Interested students may apply online here by 5 p.m. on March 22. “For me, being a Student Board Representative…

The Board of Education is now accepting written comments on the phased closure of Austin Meehan Middle School

The Board of Education held a public hearing on the phased closure of Austin Meehan Middle School on February 16, 2021. The District provided information at the public hearing on the rationale of Meehan’s closure which is primarily driven by the construction of a new K-8 school nearby which has been referred to as the New…