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District signs ‘accountability agreement’

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, and SRC Chair Robert Archie gathered with other local and state elected officials at a press conference at City Hall today to announce the “educational accountability agreement,” which the District agreed to today.

A 24-page document including the agreement was released shortly after the press conference. It includes the District’s responses to a requested detailing of its use of Title I funds and a chart showing priorities for the use of additional funds secured.

The District posted a photo of the group signing the agreement at the press conference this afternoon.

The District issued a press release about the agreement, promising to "provide the City with a litany of facts, documents, and financial reports requested in order to provide complete transparency." The accountability agreement proposed by the mayor is now a three-way agreement committing the District to provide more information to both state and city officials.

Kristen Graham of the Inquirer liveTweeted the press conference.