On June 30, the Board will reconvene the June 23 Action Meeting at 3 p.m. followed by a Public Hearing. The public may attend in person or view the meeting & hearing live HERE.

Superintendent Watlington shares an update about his 100-day priorities HERE.

Share your thoughts and ideas about our School District with Dr. Watlington HERE, and see his 100 Day priorities HERE.

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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…

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…