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The Board of Education Accepts the Resignation of Ameen Akbar

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education has announced that Ameen Akbar has resigned from the Board, effective immediately, to care for his father who is in declining health. Mr. Akbar was appointed to the Board by Mayor Jim Kenney and sworn in by Philadelphia City Council on May 1 along with his seven…

The Board of Education Welcomes New Student Board Representatives for the 2020-2021 School Year

At its September 17 Action Meeting, the Board of Education officially installed and welcomed Keylisha J. Diaz and Toluwanimi Olaleye as the Student Board Representatives for the 2020-2021 school year. As Student Board Representatives, they will represent their peers by sharing student concerns with the Board at its monthly meetings and by reporting Board deliberations…

Board of Education Releases Inspector General Report

Today the Board of Education publicly released the Inspector General’s Report commissioned to investigate the major renovation project at Benjamin Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy that led to the closure of their shared campus in October 2019. “The Board felt it was crucial to have an independent investigation and to share the Inspector…

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…