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The Office of the Inspector General Promotes Integrity within the School District

Working to promote integrity within the School District of Philadelphia is a little known department: the Office of the Inspector General. In 2019, the Board reestablished the OIG as an independent entity charged with investigating and reporting on fraud, waste and abuse within the School District. While most employees are honest, hard-working people dedicated to…

Thank you, Gov. Wolf & State Legislators for the Historic Increase in Basic Ed. Funding!

The Board of Education publicly thanked Governor Wolf and the state legislature for passing a budget that includes a historic $525 million increase in basic education funding. This is the largest increase in Pennsylvania’s main subsidy for public schools. The School District of Philadelphia is set to receive approximately $200 million more than last year….

The Board Continues to Focus on Goals & Guardrails to Raise Student Achievement

The Board has been monitoring the progress of Goals & Guardrails, our plan to raise student achievement, for nearly two years. This monitoring has helped the Board identify our students’ needs and then invest in targeted strategies and resources. In the first 20 months of monitoring progress toward achieving our Goals & Guardrails, the Board…

Transition Team Will Help the School District Create a New Strategic Plan

Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr. has launched a Transition Team as part of a three-phase effort to lay a strong foundation for student growth and achievement in the School District of Philadelphia. In Phase 1, Dr. Watlington held dozens of Listening and Learning Sessions with school communities, advocacy groups, community leaders and city officials. Insights…

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…