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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…

Happy National School Nurse Day 2019

Happy National School Nurse Day 2019

As a child abuse pediatrician, a former elementary school teacher and now a School District of Philadelphia Board Member, words cannot express my profound appreciation of school nurses and the importance of the work that they do. Their dedication to children is unparalleled. Every nurse I have ever met or spoken with always held the…

Annual Charter Evaluations Released by the Charter Schools Office

Today, the The School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office (CSO) released the 2018 Annual Charter Evaluations (ACEs) for 72 Philadelphia charter schools. Any Philadelphia brick and mortar charter school not being evaluated for renewal during 2018-2019 will receive an ACE. The 2018 ACE primarily reflects the performance of charter schools during the 2017-2018 school…

The Board of Education Selects 13 Members for its Parent and Community Advisory Council

The Board of Education has selected 13 Philadelphians for its first Parent and Community Advisory Council. Members of the Council represent a diverse group of stakeholders including community members, faith-based leaders, and former educators. The Council will serve as an additional link between the Board of Education and Philadelphia communities. “We are grateful to have…

Happy National School Counseling Week!

Happy National School Counseling Week!

I’ve worked closely with school counselors in times of celebration and in times of tragedy in schools. Day-to-day counselors provide guidance and support to hundreds of children by removing obstacles to academic success and helping students grow to be the best versions of themselves. Counselors routinely help students make informed choices about the future by…

Now is the time to become a teacher in Philadelphia!

Now is the time to become a teacher in Philadelphia!

I always knew I would devote my career and passion into improving the lives of children. Before entering medical school, I was lucky enough to participate in a master’s program at Temple that allowed me to develop skills while teaching in Philadelphia public schools – it was an invaluable experience! Wanting to stay in Philadelphia,…

Updated Committee Memberships

There have been some changes to the Board’s 2019 committee meeting schedule, and to committee memberships. Finance and Facilities Committee Leticia Egea-Hinton, Co-Chairperson Lee Huang, Co-Chairperson Wayne Walker, Member Joyce Wilkerson, Member Student Achievement and Support Committee Chris McGinley, Co-Chairperson Angela McIver, Co-Chairperson Julia Danzy, Member Mallory Fix-Lopez, Member Maria McColgan, Member Policy Committee Joyce…

2018 Reflections: A New Board Management System

2018 Reflections: A New Board Management System

Our goal is to make our work and decision making visible to the public by providing better access to documents and information and that’s what we are working toward with our new system, Novus! Novus offers a user-friendly format with a helpful search function that will make it easier than ever to find information for…

2018 Reflections: A Communications Plan and Active Social Media Accounts

2018 Reflections: A Communications Plan and Active Social Media Accounts

We recognize that as the first locally controlled School Board in seventeen years, our priority is gaining the trust of the public through our actions. We know how important it is for the public to understand how the Board operates and to provide opportunities for the community to be heard. That is why Transparency and…