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Board Adopts Budget for the 2022-23 School Year

At its May 26th Action Meeting, the Board of Education approved the operating budget for the 2022-2023 school year. This operating budget increased by more than $175 million, reaching the highest level of investment in our schools and students since fiscal year 2011. A one-time infusion of federal funding from the American Recovery Plan Act…

Board Member Fix-Lopez Asks Community to Support Gov. Wolf’s Education Budget

At the Board’s Action Meeting on May 26th, Board Member Mallory Fix-Lopez asked our school communities to support  Governor Wolf’s proposed education budget for K-12 schools. The proposal includes significant funding increases for Basic Education, Special Education, and the Level Up initiative as well as charter school funding reforms to align payments with costs. This…

Student Board Rep Joins a Panel Discussion on Gun Violence

In an effort to connect with students on important issues, Student Board Representative Armando Ortez participated in a recent panel discussion on the impact of gun violence on students across the city. More than 100 people attended this virtual meeting, including students, educators and former Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D. This panel was organized…

The Board Welcomes Our New Superintendent

On June 16th, Tony B. Watlington, Sr., Ed.D., was sworn in as the new Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the School District Administration Building and was followed by a reception for employees to meet the new Superintendent. Dr. Watlington will soon be sharing his vision for the…

‘Best Practices’ Ordinance Would Put City in Conflict with Federal Environmental Law

An updated ordinance being proposed in the City Council would require every school in the School District of Philadelphia to ensure compliance with “best practices” for asbestos testing, remediation, abatement, cleaning and management before a school is allowed to open. We know this proposal comes from a sincere place of concern for our school children…

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…