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The Board Welcomes Two New Members

The Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia will welcome new Board Members Sarah-Ashley Andrews and Chau Wing Lam to their first Action Meeting today. Ms. Andrews and Ms. Lam, who share a commitment to educational equity, were sworn in on June 28, 2022. “On behalf of the Board, I welcome our new…

The Board of Education Expresses Support for Pennsylvania’s State Budget

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education supports the Budget Bill, approved by the Pennsylvania House and Senate and signed by Governor Wolf, that will include a $525 million increase in basic education funding, the largest increase in Pennsylvania’s main subsidy for public schools. Not only will this benefit all public school districts in…

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Member Maria McColgan Announces Her Resignation

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Member Maria McColgan, M.D., has announced that she will resign from the Board, effective May 6, 2022. Dr. McColgan was appointed to the Board in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Policy Committee. “It has truly been an honor to serve the city of Philadelphia, the…

The State Charter School Appeal Board Upholds the Nonrenewal of Charters for Olney Charter High School, John B. Stetson Charter School

The State Charter School Appeal Board (CAB) today upheld the School District of Philadelphia Board of Education’s decisions to not renew the charters of Olney Charter High School and John B. Stetson Charter School. Based on CAB’s decisions, Olney and Stetson will continue to operate as Renaissance charter schools for the remainder of the 2021-2022…

The Board of Education Requests an Investigation into Allegations of Racial Bias in Charter School Authorizing

The Board of Education has authorized Ballard Spahr LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm, to conduct an independent investigation concerning allegations of racial bias in charter school authorizing practices. The law firm will conduct this investigation on a pro bono basis. The Board, which authorizes charter schools in Philadelphia, takes allegations of racial bias seriously. The…

The Board of Education Will Vote on a Resolution To Support the Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit

At its Action Meeting today, the Board of Education will consider adopting a resolution to support the Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit, which could significantly impact funding for under-resourced school districts across the state. The lawsuit, now being tried in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, alleges that school funding is inadequate and inequitable and asks the state…

Board of Education Appoints New Members of the Parent and Community Advisory Council to Serve Two-Year Terms

At its August 19th Action Meeting, the Board of Education will appoint new members of the Parent and Community Advisory Council (PCAC) who will serve two-year unpaid terms, beginning August 31, 2021.  PCAC serves as a bridge between the city’s school communities and the Board of Education with council members sharing critical information on Board…

The Board of Education Approves a Vaccine Mandate for all School District Employees

At a special meeting today, the Board of Education approved a resolution to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all School District of Philadelphia employees. The Board authorized this mandate to protect the health and safety of all School District students and staff. “It is the Board’s duty to protect our children, many of whom cannot get…

Board of Education Welcomes Two New Student Board Representatives for the 2021-2022 School Year

Board of Education Welcomes Two New Student Board Representatives for the 2021-2022 School Year

At its June 24th Action Meeting, the Board of Education will officially install and welcome Rebecca Allen and Armando Ortez as the Student Board Representatives for the 2021-2022 school year. In this role, they will represent their peers by sharing student concerns with the Board at its monthly meetings and by reporting Board deliberations and…

The Board of Education Will Vote on the Welcoming Sanctuary Schools Resolution

To ensure that all Philadelphia public schools are safe havens for immigrant students and families, the Board of Education will consider adopting “The Welcoming Sanctuary Schools” Resolution at its June 24th action meeting. Proposed during Immigrant Heritage Month and developed in partnership with the community organization Juntos, this resolution is designed to ensure safe learning…