School Boards

At a six-hour meeting, the board also nixes a charter renewal, spends $205 million, and mandates Juneteenth instruction
Board members approved millions in spending on technology, summer programming, and curriculum. They also denied a charter school application.
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.
The contracts cover everything from prekindergarten and office supplies to HVAC and strategic communications.
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.
Students at the board meeting criticized district leadership for failing to quickly fix asbestos-ridden buildings, a flawed admissions process, and a lack of transparency.
Candidates want to lengthen the school day, offer free transportation, knock down old buildings, and raise teacher pay, among other ideas.
Board President Reginald Streater wants the city to increase annual local funding for the district by $318 million by 2027.
A state senator who claimed the district is freezing out charters got into a heated exchange with the board president.
Reginald Streater and Mallory Fix-Lopez elected president and vice president.
Group of local and national leaders present a list of what’s needed to help students for the superintendent’s transition process.
Several parents said the mask mandate was unnecessary and harmful, but one parent called it common sense.
District’s top financial official says schools need more revenue in the long term.
The votes took place amid an investigation into whether the district’s charter school policy is racially biased.
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.
Sarah-Ashley Andrews and Chau Wing Lam must still get City Council approval.
Mayor Jim Kenney has asked for help in filling her seat and another vacant spot on the board.
Principals told the board the draft budget means they will lose needed staff.
School district officials unveiled strategies this week to help stem the tide.
The finalists will meet with school officials, students, teachers, staff, and parents in the coming months.
The Philadelphia school district says it’s on schedule to find a replacement for Superintendent William Hite.
Once called a “gag order,” the policy calls for staff to clear all press requests through the four-person communications office before speaking to members of the media.
The board voted 7-1 in favor of the popular Black-led charter school in South Philadelphia.
At a time when the Latino population has grown in the School District of Philadelphia and across the city, members of the community discuss what they would like to see in the next superintendent
Activists and a principal are among 13 members chosen by Philadelphia’s Board of Education to sit on an advisory committee to help in search for city’s new school leader.
After 25 days of gathering public input, the city’s Board of Education revealed what residents want in the next school superintendent
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