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Each month there are many events that benefit schools and students, citywide. Here we highlight a few select ones. Mark your calendar!

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Phila. schools getting $750K in book money from DNC host committee

The donation to the Right Books Campaign - an effort of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia - comes as the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee closes up shop. "We wanted to have a significant impact through the convention on the Philadelphia community," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, the committee's chair. "It's a bow on the entire convention process." The committee's donation will bring the campaign - which aims to put nearly 800,000 books in elementary schools in the Philadelphia School District - within $1 million of its goal.

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Success! Burger Brawl 2016 Supporters


Burger Brawl 2016 - held on June 26 this year - was a great success, thanks to its many supporters!

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The Philadelphia School District starts the 2016-2017 year off right - watch the VIDEO!

The students of Hill Freedman World Academy rang in the new school year with Superintendent Dr. Hite, Mayor Kenney and others at a bell-ringing ceremony on Wednesday, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Watch the School District's video here and read the article here

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Thank you to our 2016 Kenney MVP Inaugural Supporters!

In January 2016, we welcomed a new mayor and a new group of supporters!

Thank you, Mayor Kenney, and all those who supported the Fund and public education through our inaugural MVP celebration!

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Does my business qualify for the EITC?

With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, your business can make a substantial impact in the education of Philadelphia’s public school students at a nominal out-of-pocket cost, while benefiting from a tax credit of up to 90% of your contribution.  And because the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia has been approved as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the Department of Community and Economic Development and is qualified to receive EITC contributions, you can be assured that your contribution will support effective programs with meaningful results.

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(VIDEO) The School District of Philadelphia's Recruitment Campaign

The more than 200 schools of the School District of Philadelphia offer a wide range of employment opportunities for leaders who are deeply committed to equity and are excited to join the effort to make all of Philadelphia's public schools great.   Watch the full teacher recruitment video here and join the cause!

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Unique Outdoor STEM classroom coming to Chester Arthur school

For at least 50 years, the half-acre play space at Chester A. Arthur School in South Philadelphia has been a paved asphalt lot, with little more than a playground and a basketball court for children to utilize. 

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Sheriff Jewel Williams rounds up a reading posse for the Right Books campaign - Philadelphia Sun

On Wednesday May 11, Sheriff Jewell Williams, members of his staff and others, including an invite to City Council President Darrell Clarke, read to children at the John F. Hartranft Elementary School at 720 W. Cumberland Street as part of the The Right Books Campaign and The Fund For the School District of Philadelphia to raise money for grades K-3 school libraries.

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The Right Books Campaign kicks off!

Across the city, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals, and the proceeds of side jobs she works "to support my teaching habit": a colorful, voluminous classroom library.  City and school officials want to change that.

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At a cash- and resources-short Southwest Philadelphia school, teachers and staff do more than educate -

The tiny girl walked into the Mitchell Elementary School counselor's office dressed only in pants and a tank top. Outside, it was 39 degrees.

"My teacher sent me to get a sweater," she whispered. "I'm cold."

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We want you to be informed and empowered collaborators with us and The District — working together to build and sustain initiatives that help Philadelphia public schools thrive and students succeed.

The Fund's Fall Newsletter 2016

See what the Fund has been up to in preparation for the  2016-2017 school year! 

Download the Fund's back-to-school newsletter here, and read about the good things happening at the School District of Philadelphia as our students prepare for the new school year (hint: with new school supplies from and new libraries via the Right Books campaign!). 


Action Plan 3.0 Making our Schools Great

This plan is a description of the School District of Philadelphia’s current and planned priority work.

Its primary objective is to align the work of all employees to the Anchor Goals and Actions described here. It is also intended to communicate a comprehensive overview of the District’s plan to parents, families, students, partners and stakeholders.


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