Leadership & Management

Superintendent Tony Watlington wants new incentives for educators to work at schools that are difficult to staff, a $70 million overhaul to curriculum materials, and more.
Although asbestos is only considered a health hazard when it starts to flake, several school closures linked to the material this year have caused serious concern among Philadelphia parents and others.
Superintendent Tony Watlington has been promising to release a five-year strategic plan since he took office. Almost one year and a $450,000 consulting contract later, that plan is set to go to a vote May 25, but the public knows next to nothing about it.
Cherelle Parker and Tony Watlington haven’t shared details about how big changes to the academic calendar would work.
Parker — who is poised to become the first woman to serve as Philadelphia’s mayor — has big ideas for schools, but the teachers union and other power players will help determine their fate.
Cherelle Parker and David Oh will advance to November’s general election. Philadelphia’s next mayor will have the power to reshape the school board and influence several education issues, including charter school authorization.
Councilmember Isaiah Thomas wants to discuss creating a new authority to manage school construction and repairs, although a similar approach in New Jersey has fared poorly.
Lillian Izzard and Amanda Jones have won the school district’s prestigious Lindback Award for principals.
The contracts cover everything from prekindergarten and office supplies to HVAC and strategic communications.
The district has come under fire for failing to present a long-term plan for students if more schools shut down.
The mayor has no direct control over the schools, but does have the power to appoint all of the school board members who can then carry out the mayor’s vision regarding charter schools, the lottery admission process, and other education issues. Here’s where the candidates stand.
Next year’s sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply, and the school board is hoping for a charter school student.
A March 28 student rally came after Superintendent Tony Watlington announced changes to the admissions system.
Board President Reginald Streater wants the city to increase annual local funding for the district by $318 million by 2027.
During a high school visit, Gov. Josh Shapiro also discussed his plans to hire more teachers and increase education spending in his proposed budget.
City officials and others are demanding a quick response and a detailed school facilities plan from Superintendent Tony Watlington.
The school board and city government must reach a deal to manage and fund the facility.
The Kids Campaignhas detailed policy proposals for issues like the teacher shortage, summer jobs, and juvenile justice.
The mayor appoints school board members and with the city council decides Philadelphia’s contribution to the district budget.
Reginald Streater and Mallory Fix-Lopez elected president and vice president.
Overbrook Educational Center leaders say the relatives who work together bolster the school’s warm, supportive atmosphere.
Otis Hackney helped transition city public schools back to local control in 2017.
The superintendent will reveal his takeaways in October as part of his three-phase transition plan.
Hundreds of job seekers meet with district representatives to fill positions before school begins Aug 29.
District’s top financial official says schools need more revenue in the long term.
Watlington launches massive team to help him improve outcomes for students and achieve the Philadelphia Board of Education’s goals and guardrails
Current and former Nashville school officials say Shawn Joseph’s tenure precipitated a “morale crisis.”
The $60 million shortfall is a small share of the district’s overall budget, but officials are worried about the long-term impact.
Joseph and Associates, which will assist Tony Watlington, is led by the former superintendent of Nashville schools.
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