Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Dr. Hite announced roadmap Monday, which attempts to right the school district.
Less than six months on the job, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite released his roadmap to get the embattled public school system on its feet and solvent for the future. Hite announced his action plan Monday, which grounds itself in two areas: financial stability and academic improvement. The superintendent, who began last fall, inherited a projected $1 billion budget deficit over five years, a standardized test scandal, and many low-performing academic schools. “This Action Plan emphasizes solutions to basic problems based on evidence and facts,” Hite said. “We must use data and research more effectively than we’ve done in the past. We are getting back to the basics—doing what works and doing it well.” The…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent William Hite addresses the public about school closings.
About 17,000, or 10 percent, of public school students will feel the impact if a massive overhaul for the School District of Philadelphia goes into effect, the superintendent said in a news conference Thursday. On the heels of announcing that 37 buildings will close and 18 grade configurations could take place if the School Reform Commission adopts the recommendations, Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said the district "embarks on a difficult process, a process that will rightsize the district." Since taking the top schools position in September, Hite had to get up-to-speed with a facilities problem that annually bled the district of money. The restructuring plan considered the best way to improve the district academically and …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Jenks Elementary School not impacted by public school plan.
Two Chestnut Hill-area schools will change in the 2013-14 school year, including one closure, if the proposed restructuring plan from the School District of Philadelphia takes effect. However Jenks Elementary School will remain unchanged. The big blow is the closure of the neighborhood high school, which recently became a Renaissance school. Ninth to 11th grade students from Germantown can transfer to Martin Luther King Promise Academy or Roxborough High School next fall. Additionally, students presently enrolled in special programs—like the Culinary Arts, Commercial Advertising Art, and Business Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs—will be relocated to King Promise Academy. In addition to hosting Parkway Northwest, …
In total, 37 facilities will close citywide; many other changes planned.
Three Mt. Airy-area schools will change in the 2013-14 school year, including one closure, if the proposed restructuring plan from the School District of Philadelphia takes effect. The big blow is the closure of the neighborhood high school, which recently became a Renaissance school. Ninth to 11th grade students from Germantown can transfer to Martin Luther King Promise Academy or Roxborough High School next fall. Additionally, students presently enrolled in special programs—like the Culinary Arts, Commercial Advertising Art, and Business Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs—will be relocated to King Promise Academy. Leeds currently operates as a seventh and eighth grade facility, in addition to hosting the …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Both public and parochial schools back to normal Oct. 31.
After two days being shut down by Hurricane Sandy, public and parochial schools will reopen Wednesday. The Archdioceses of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia announced Tuesday afternoon that city schools are ready to teach students Oct. 31. "Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia will re-open on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 on a normal schedule," spokesperson Kenneth Gavin said. However, that's not an across the board opening for Catholic schools. "Decisions regarding the re-opening of Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools in the suburban counties are made on the local level. School families in those areas should check normal communication channels to see if …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
School District of Philadelphia and parochial schools monitor Hurricane Sandy.
Public and private schools in Philadelphia currently monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy but have yet to announce any closings. Meanwhile, SEPTA warns riders of potential disruptions. The School District of Philadelphia said on its Twitter feed that no decision has been made for class on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy moves toward the city. Additionally, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has yet to announce intentions for Monday. In addition to the schools, the public transit system monitors Sandy and has issued warnings and service advisories to commuters. SEPTA Stops Service SEPTA already plans for disruptions to several lines, including the Manayunk/Norristown and Chestnut Hill West Lines. "More details will be made available as we see the …
William Hite visits Shawmont Elementary School's HSA.
The School District of Philadelphia's new Superintendent William Hite made one of his first appearances in Northwest Philadelphia Tuesday night, while in attendance at Shawmont Elementary’s Home and School Association meeting in Roxborough. He fielded questions from parents and teachers and discussed the future of the school district. Superintendents are not known for making stops at individual schools. “It’s been over 15 years since we’ve had a superintendent in the building,” Principal Michael Graff said. Hite said that last night was the result of one of the first invitations he has ever received from a Home and School Association. “I cannot get to enough schools fast enough,” he said. Already, Hite has made it a goal to appear on both …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.
World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the School District of Philadelphia how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights. Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.” This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers. UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Meeting took place Tuesday in Germantown.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Public schools observe Jewish holiday.
Children who attend public schools within Philadelphia will have Wednesday in observance of a Jewish holiday. Yom Kippur begins at sundown Tuesday. And on Wednesday, all schools and administrative offices throughout the School District of Philadelphia will close to mark the Day of Atonement. Schools return to normal schedules on Thursday. Click here for more info on a local Yom Kippur service.