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One of Us: William Hite

My full name is … William Rodger Hite Jr. I grew up in … Richmond, Virginia. I came to Philly … in the summer of […]

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Philly Schools Adopt Policy Protecting Transgender Students’ Rights

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a policy Thursday night that immediately broadened the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming students in the city’s schools. The new guidelines allow students […]

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Council: Why Did $1.3 Million for School Nurses Go Unspent?

The Philadelphia School District has a modest fund balance this year, meaning for the first time in recent memory it spent less money than it budgeted. But […]

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School District Cutting Ties with Sorely Underperforming Sub Contractor

The Philadelphia School District is parting ways with Source4Teachers, a private group hired in 2015 to supply substitute teachers for classrooms, the Inquirer reported on Friday. […]

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3 Things to Know About Philly’s Schools Budget

Money was on the minds of School Reform Commission members on Thursday. They unveiled their five-year spending plan and approved a $2.8 billion budget for the […]

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Hite: Every School Will Get a Nurse, Counselor If Wolf’s Budget Passes

Superintendent William Hite made a surprise announcement Thursday that every school in Philadelphia will have a full-time nurse and counselor next year — if, that is, the state’s GOP-controlled […]

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Insider: The SRC May Be Sizing Up Your Neighborhood School Right Now

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Dear Parents: Pay attention. The School Reform Commission wants to turn three neighborhood schools into charters. The community is outraged. […]

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Insider: All Eyes on You, Mayor Kenney

(Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) At 10 a.m. today, Jim Kenney will be sworn in as Philadelphia’s 99th mayor. Unlike […]

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SRC to Give Hite Five More Years at District Helm

For at least two consecutive years, the School Reform Commission has given Superintendent William R. Hite good marks for his leadership, with special praise for […]

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The No-Bullshit Guide to Community Schools

A dentist peered into his two-year-old patient’s mouth and grimaced. Almost all of her teeth were rotten, and he hated to think what would have […]

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Nutter on My Brother’s Keeper: Progress, but More Work to Do

Philadelphia is standing up for young men and boys of color. Statistics have long identified the plight of black men across the country — on […]

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Darrell Clarke Thinks Philly Schools Need the Firm Hand of City Council

Early this month, we told you about City Council President Darrell Clarke’s clear-cut power play to get Council more leverage over the School District of […]

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Darrell Clarke’s School District Power Play

City Council President Darrell Clarke has grown profoundly frustrated with the School District of Philadelphia in recent years. Now he looks poised to turn that frustration into […]

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$25 Million for City Schools, Suddenly in Doubt?

Last spring, which feels like eons ago, City Council grudgingly agreed to increase funding to the School District of Philadelphia by $70 million. That was $30 […]

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The Brief: Hite Damns the Politicos, Moves Full Speed Ahead

1. Tired of waiting, for reasonable funding that may never come, Schools Superintendent Bill Hite is pressing forward on his plan to reshape the district. […]