Attention: The School District of Philadelphia will allow schools to plan for a half day of SYNCHRONOUS learning for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 so everyone has the option of watching the Presidential Inauguration.

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2020-21 New Charter School Applications

2020-21 New Charter School Applications

The Board of Education is reviewing this year’s new charter school applications. Pennsylvania Charter School Law requires the Board to accept and review applications for new charter schools in Philadelphia. This year, the Board has received 5 applications for new charter schools. You can learn more about the applicants and read their applications here. The…

Board Begins New Phase that Invites Public Participation

With the New Year, the Board of Education begins a new chapter of reimagined governance that invites public input into the Board’s core work of improving student achievement via Goals & Guardrails, the Board’s five-year plan. Specifically, the Board is making its work more accessible to diverse groups by: revamping its public testimony procedures, creating…

Thank you to Everyone Who Helped Develop Goals & Guardrails!

Now that the Board of Education has formally adopted Goals & Guardrails at its December 10th action meeting, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who helped inform this strategic vision and five-year plan that will focus intently on student learning and achievement. We spent the past two years listening to the…

Meet Keylisha J. Diaz, Your New Student Board Rep!

Keylisha J. Diaz and Toluwanimi Olaleye will be formally installed on September 17th as the new Student Board Representatives for the 2020-20201 school year.  Keylisha J. Diaz, a junior at Philadelphia Military Academy, is a natural leader who, as a Student Board Representative, wants to be a voice for all students across the district to…

Meet Toluwanimi Olaleye, Your New Student Board Rep! 

Meet Toluwanimi Olaleye, Your New Student Board Rep! 

Toluwanimi Olaleye and Keylisha J. Diaz will be formally installed on September 17th as the new Student Board Representatives for the 2020-20201 school year. Toluwanimi Olaleye, a junior at Carver Engineering and Science, described as passionate and determined, loves biology and is an aspiring pediatric oncologist. She currently participates in the Junior Fellows Program, hosted…

The Board Will Try a Hybrid Approach to its Aug. 13th Meeting

While the new school year will begin with remote learning, Board members look forward to the time when students and teachers can safely return to their classrooms and when Board members and the public can also safely return to district headquarters for Board meetings. We know that getting back to in-person learning will require significant…

Complete the Census! Ensure Philadelphia Receives Its Fair Share of Federal Dollars

Julia Danzy Mallory Fix-Lopez   During the last several months, we have all been focused on the new realities of living in a socially distanced world – from learning remotely to working from home to celebrating milestones online. And some things may have fallen to the wayside, like filling out the 2020 Census. However, there…

Board Members Address Structural Racism

As we officially mark the end of the 2019-2020 school year and turn toward all that is to come in 2020-2021, Board Members are spending time reflecting on the year. To end our year, we’d like to share with you the reflections of individual Board members presented at our June 11th committee meeting. We look…

Board Postpones Hearing as Communities Process Events and Begin to Heal

At this moment, when our schools, city, and country are experiencing the impact of generational trauma and suffering, suffering which has most critically impacted the Black community, Board Members want to respect this time for our school communities as a moment to process events and to begin healing. We believe that the trauma our students,…

Board President Joyce Wilkerson Aims to Protect Public Schools in Philadelphia

Board President Joyce Wilkerson Aims to Protect Public Schools in Philadelphia

  (Board President Joyce Wilkerson presented the following testimony to Philadelphia City Council during a budget hearing on May 20, 2020.)     Good morning, Council President and members of City Council. Thank you for having us here today. My name is Joyce Wilkerson, and I am the President of the Board of Education. I…