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Board of Education Makes Strides in its First Action Meeting to Accelerate the School District of Philadelphia

This evening marked the first Action Meeting of the Philadelphia Board of Education with a new slate of Board Members, led by Board President Reginald L. Streater, Esq. The nine-member board, appointed by Mayor Cherelle Parker, has been in place since May 2024. “This Board of Education, made up of both new and veteran Members,…

Board of Education Elects Leadership: Reginald L. Streater, President; Wanda Novalés, Vice President

At the first organization meeting of the new slate of Board Members – with four returning and five new – the Board of Education elected its leadership: Reginald L. Streater, who will serve as President, and Wanda Novalés, who will serve as Vice President. Both will serve until the Board’s legally mandated December organization meeting….

State Auditor General Releases Performance Audit on Charter Schools Office

In July 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General commenced a performance audit of The School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office (“CSO”) to determine whether the School District’s authorizing practices are compliant with applicable laws and guidance. Today, this independent audit has been made public and is accessible in its entirety here. With…

Board of Education Invites Applications for Two Student Board Representatives and One Alternate for the 2024-2025 School Year

The Board of Education invites current 9th and 10th grade students to bring student voice to the Board by applying to become a Student Board Representative or Alternate for the 2024-2025 school year. Interested and eligible Philadelphia district and charter school students are encouraged to submit an application no later than April 2, 2024 at…

Board of Education Accepts the Resignation of Vice-President Mallory Fix-Lopez

After 6 years of unwavering commitment to the Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia, Vice President Mallory Fix-Lopez announces her resignation, effective April 18th, 2024, due to a pre-scheduled medical procedure in mid-April. She has withdrawn her name for consideration for re-appointment to the Board of Education. Vice-President Fix-Lopez was appointed to…

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Installs the Official Portrait of Board Member Joyce S. Wilkerson

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education has announced at its Action Meeting today that the official portrait of Board Member Joyce S. Wilkerson has been installed at the Education Center. The portrait, titled “Joyful Determination,” commemorates Ms. Wilkerson’s tenure as Board of Education President and School Reform Commission Chair along with her dedication…

Join Us to Celebrate Board of Education Recognition Month

January is dedicated to recognizing Board of Education Members for their dedicated public service and commitment to public education excellence. Please join us this month in recognizing the School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Members who volunteer their time and leadership to serve the nearly 200,000 students in Philadelphia who attend district, charter and…

The Board of Education Congratulates Kevin Bethel on his Appointment as the Next Police Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia

The Board of Education extends heartfelt congratulations to Chief of School Safety Kevin Bethel on his well-deserved appointment as the Police Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia. While we recognize that his transition represents a significant loss for the School District, we are confident that Commissioner Bethel will bring his unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership…

The Board of Education Adopts New and Amended Policies

At its October 19th Action Meeting, the Board of Education voted to add four new policies, amend 13 policies and eliminate one policy. The updates to the Board’s Policy Manual align Board policies to current law and practices, reflect the promise of local control and align with the policy revision timelines the Board expects of…

The Board of Education Appoints Peng Chao Chief of the Charter Schools Office

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education has appointed  Peng Chao as the permanent Chief of Charter Schools. During the past two years, Mr. Chao has served as Acting Chief of Charter Schools and has demonstrated his leadership, commitment and passion to this work. Mr. Chao is uniquely positioned to lead this work through…