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Board of Education Approves Resolution Calling for State and Federal Funding of Public Education

Joining districts across the nation, The Board of Education has approved a resolution calling on governors and state legislators to preserve state funding for public education and asking Congressional delegations to advocate for additional federal funding for public education. Board members consider this a critical resolution for public education in Philadelphia, as the district has…

Board of Education Committee Meetings and Budget Hearing Will be Held April 23

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education will hold one joint meeting for its Finance and Facilities Committee and Student Achievement and Support Committee on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 5 p.m. Prior to this meeting, a budget hearing will be held at 3 p.m.   To comply with public health guidelines regarding the…

Board Of Education Announces Modifications to March 26, 2020 Action Meeting

In order to conduct essential business for the School District of Philadelphia, the Board of Education will hold its Monthly Action Meeting on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will focus on accomplishing critical business for the School District of Philadelphia.   In the interest of the health of our staff, board…

Board of Education Statement on District response to COVID-19

As we come to the end of a long and unprecedented week, we want to take a moment to thank Superintendent Hite, and the many teachers, principals, and school communities who have jumped in feet first to serve our students and communities in this difficult time. As always, student learning remains our first priority, and…

Board of Education Cancels Committee Meetings

Due to the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, The Philadelphia Board of Education is cancelling two committee meetings scheduled for Thursday, March 19. Both the Finance and Facilities Committee meeting and the Student Achievement and Support Committee meeting will be cancelled. As we all adjust to respond to the critical challenges…

Board of Education Announces Plan to Limit Risk of Coronavirus Exposure

The Board of Education (“Board”) is announcing temporary measures in place for its upcoming public meetings in order to limit risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus), a public health matter. These measures are in place starting with the scheduled March 19, 2020 committee meetings. The Board will continue to post the latest update on our…

Board of Education Votes to Authorize the Issuance of Green Bonds for the School District

At the October Action Meeting the Board of Education approved a number of bond transactions designed to fund necessary capital improvements and refund certain bonds to achieve savings. The District generated $530 million for its Capital Improvement Program, which will enable a more comprehensive approach to work on the District’s facilities. A portion of the…

Non-renewal Vote Olney Charter High School and John B. Stetson Charter School

On October 10th, the Board of Education announced it would consider the recommendation of non-renewal of Olney Charter High School and the non-renewal of John B. Stetson Charter School. Below are links to the hearing officer’s reports: Hearing Officer Report – Olney Charter High School Hearing Officer Report – John B. Stetson Charter School: ASPIRA,…

The Board of Education Will Vote on Application to Form Multiple Charter School Organization

On Wednesday, May 1 the Philadelphia Charter Schools Office received an application to form a Multiple Charter School Organization (MCSO) from Freire Charter School. According to the Pennsylvania Charter Law, the Board of Education most vote on the MCSO application within 45 days of receipt. The Board will schedule a special meeting to hear from…

Board of Education Receives Two Revised Charter Applications

The Board of Education’s Charter Schools Office has announced that it has received revised charter applications for two proposed charter schools: Joan Myers Brown Academy: A String Theory Charter School and Tacony Academy Charter School at St. Vincent’s. The Board of Education denied the original charter applications for these proposed charter schools in February 2019….