Superintendent William Hite

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Millions Added For Philadelphia Schools As State Finalizes Budget

In a brief afternoon session Monday, the state house wrapped up the budget by approving what’s called the fiscal code. Wrapped up in that code is a one-time, $45 million for Philadelphia schools.


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Pa. House Approves Fiscal Code, Finishes Work On State Budget

By Mike DeNardo HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – Lawmakers in Harrisburg have finally finished their work on the state budget. And that puts one more piece of Philadelphia’s school funding puzzle is in place. In a […]


Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Hite Talks Contract Issues Over Teacher Pay And Water Fountains In Philadelphia Public Schools

Philadelphia’s schools chief wants to clear up some misconceptions teachers may have, after the district’s opening contract proposal to the teachers union leaked out this week.


Parents protest the School Reform Commission's plan to close 29 Philadelphia public schools. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Parents’ Protest Disrupts SRC Meeting On School Closures

Superintendent William Hite said the district can’t afford to maintain underutilized schools. “The district’s financial challenges jeopardize its survival.”


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School District Makes 12 Changes To Closure Plan

One notable school coming off of the school closure list is Strawberry Mansion High School, which will remain open.


Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Superintendent Set To Announce Changes In Plan To Close 37 Schools

Superintendent William Hite told a daylong City Council hearing on Tuesday that he will announce an updated school closure plan next week.


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Some Schools May Move To Philadelphia School District Headquarters If Closed

Part of the debate over closing 37 Philadelphia schools includes the possibility of moving some schools into the cavernous district headquarters building.


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Former Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent, Arlene Ackerman, Dies At 66

Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who left abruptly a year and a half ago after clashing with local officials, has died, according to her son. She was 66.


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Public School Advocates Seek Moratorium On Superintendent’s ‘Action Plan’

Public school advocates are already asking for changes in the action plan unveiled today by Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite. KYW’s Pat Loeb reports they want a moratorium on the school closings Hite as proposed.


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Superintendent Hite Presents Plan To Improve Academics, Finances In Philadelphia Schools

After four months of fact-gathering, Superintendent William Hite presented his action plan on Monday to improve Philadelphia schools. His plan has two goals: improving academics and stabilizing finances.


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Parents, Students Protest Plan To Close 37 Philadelphia Public Schools

Chanting “save our schools,” an overflow crowd of parents and students packed the first School Reform Commission meeting since Superintendent William Hite announced the school closure plan last week.


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Decision Expected Soon On Which City Schools Will Permanently Close

Superintendent William Hite says he’ll be ready to announce late next week which of about 40 Philadelphia public school buildings are on the list to close for good.


Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite joins City Council members during the Million Father March. (Credit: Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia Dads Join The Million Father March

Philadelphia was one of more than 800 cities taking part the Million Father March, as dads – and moms – were encouraged to walk their children to school today.