William Hite

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite discusses the CHOP PolicyLab report during a presentation at school district headquarters.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Report: One in 5 Phila. Students Familiar With Welfare or Juvie

The report, by the Policy Lab at Children’s Hospital, says 17 percent of Philadelphia school students have been involved with DHS or the juvenile justice system, and 20 percent of those in high schools.

06/14/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City Schools

But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.

06/11/2014

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matt Stansky, left, and superintendent William Hite.   Photo by Pat Loeb)

Even With Sales Tax Revenue, Phila. Schools Prepare to Lay Off 1,000 More Teachers

Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite (at right in photo) says he wants to keep the conversation on revenue — where the needed funds will come from — and not on the cuts that would ensue if it doesn’t arrive.

04/25/2014

(Heather Marcus, a counselor at Masterman School, 17th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Counselors Plan Appearance at Phila. School Reform Commission Meeting

Giudance counselors in Philadelphia’s public schools want to be sure they’re not left out of the school district’s blueprint for the future, says Heather Marcus, a counselor at Masterman School.

04/24/2014

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

State Auditor General Examines Philadelphia School District

Auditor General Euguene DePasquale has begun an audit of the school district.

04/10/2014

PLEASE PASS THE ZITI.  Students at the Ziegler Elementary School -- one dressed in a chef's jacket -- get lunch provided by Marc Vetri.   Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Chef Marc Vetri Wants To Bring Family-Style Dining To All Phila. Public Schools

The School District of Philadelphia is partnering with celebrity chef Mark Vetri with the aim of bringing healthy meals and a family-style meal setting to students in every Philadelphia public school.

03/26/2014

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Superintendent Hite Requests $320-Million For His Ambitious Education Plan

Superintendent William Hite says Philadelphia schools need 320-million dollars more next year, to get his ambitious action plan rolling.

02/20/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School Reform Commission Gets New Chair, New Member

Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.

02/18/2014

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

No Additional Philly Public Schools Set For Closure Before June 2015

After watching the district close 32 school buildings over the last two years, school advocates were bracing for even more this year. But schools superintendent William Hite says he’s not planning any.

01/10/2014

(Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Mondesire announces the essay contest.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Two Phila. Groups Sponsoring Black History Month Student Essay Contest

The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.

01/09/2014

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

2013 IN REVIEW: Philadelphia School Budget On The Ropes

The school district’s budget crisis cast a shadow over everything it did in 2013.

12/31/2013

(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

Surprise Resignation: Pedro Ramos Leaving Phila. School Board

A press release says Ramos, who has served two years as chairman of the SRC, resigned “to attend to recent, unexpected news within his family.”

10/21/2013

(Credit: Tim Jimenez)

Vigil Held For Girl With Asthma Who Died After Being Sent Home Sick

Dozens gathered for the vigil in front of the School District of Philadelphia headquarters Thursday night,

10/18/2013

pssa results

Philadelphia Standardized Test Scores Declined Again in 2013

Districtwide, reading scores were down 2½ points, and math scores were down four points.

10/04/2013

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