William Hite

(Students at South Philadelphia High School pose with their new Kindle Fire tablets, donated by Emmanuel Bussie, second from left in back row.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former ‘Occupy’ Member’s Newest Activism: Tablet Computers For Philly Schoolkids

Some students at a Philadelphia high school have new Kindle Fires, which came from an untraditional source.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

(Marjorie Neff, left, recently appointed to head the School Reform Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf, and her predecessor, Bill Green, who will remain a member of the SRC.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Phila. SRC Chair and His Replacement Say They’ll Move Schools Forward Together

New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Dr. William Hite: ‘We Must Give Every Child The Opportunity To Have A Real Chance At Success’

Gary R’Nel spoke with the Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, Dr. William Hite, on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about his Action Plan 3.0 for Philadelphia schools and the improving financial status of the district.

03/05/2015

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Chief Hite Plans More Focus On Neighborhood Schools

Superintendent William Hite’s plan calls for reorganizing schools into eight geographic networks, and adding three others focusing on turnaround, alternative and innovative schools.

03/04/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite uses his cell phone to snap photos of kindergartners using iPads to study reading and phonics.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Some Philadelphia Kindergartners Learning Reading via New iPads

It’s a four-year pilot at the Jackson and Ziegler schools, using software designed by AIM Academy, of Conshohocken.

11/06/2014

(Students from the Penn Alexander School, in West Philadelphia, get a lesson in mummification using a demonstration dummy at the Penn Museum.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Penn Museum Unveils New Program For Teaching 7th Graders Interactively

“Children sometimes recall facts, sometimes not; but they will always recall an experience,” noted Philadelphia schools superintendent Williams Hite.

10/21/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

(Dr. William Hite, in file photo. Credit: John McDevitt)

William Hite Defends SRC’s Move To Force Teachers To Contribute To Their Healthcare Benefits

Dom Giordano talked to William Hite, Superintendant of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, about the decision to cancel their contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

10/07/2014

(Young kids draw in Franklin Square.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Kids Help Grownups Make A Point About Preschools in Philadelphia

Kids sang and danced and drew pictures as the grownups pushed for funding for quality pre-kindergarten programs.

09/16/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Finding New Ways To Boost Attendance

The Philadelphia School District is trying some new strategies to stress the importance of attendance.

09/12/2014

(Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Nonprofit Creates Web Tool To Help Parents Find Pre-K Child Care Programs

“Great Philly Schools” has launched a new web tool to help parents choose early-childhood programs.

08/27/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For Action

The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.

08/15/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Philly Schools To Open On Time, But With Service Reductions

The School District of Philadelphia will open as planned on September 8th, but with temporary “service reductions.”

08/15/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Stigall On Phila. Public School System: ‘There Is Always A Budget Gap And Never A Discussion As To Why’

Chris Stigall criticized School Reform Commission Superintendent William Hite and Mayor Nutter for not being satisfied with Governor Corbett’s decision to extend money to Philadelphia schools

08/07/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

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