Wall Street boosts Philly school credit rating, praises Hite and financials

Citing “considerable improvement in the district’s still-strained financial position,” Moody’s Investors Service on Friday upgraded the rating on $3 billion in Philadelphia School District bonds to Ba2, up a notch from Ba3.

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Schools chief says district ready for 200,000 students return to class

Students in the School District of Philadelphia officially start school Tuesday. The district expects about 135,000 students in public schools, 70,000 in charter schools and another 6,000 in alternative schools. 

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As school begins anew, NewsWorks talks with Philly superintendent William Hite

Superintendent William Hite made a joke.

When I sat down with Hite last week for an interview and asked him to state his name and title —standard practice for radio reporters — he responded with my name and title.

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Philadelphia Superintendent Discusses Goals For The Academic Year

PHStudents at Philadelphia public schools return to class Tuesday. Superintendent of schools Dr. William Hite recently sat down with Eyewitness News Anchor Rahel Solomon to discuss some of the goals for the academic year.

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School bells ring for 130k Philly kids

The mayor and the superintendent and a lot of important people in fancy clothes were on hand at Pennell Elementary School on Tuesday to officially mark the start of the 2017-18 school year in the Philadelphia School District.

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Project 76 Visits John F. Hartranft School

Over 125 Philadelphia 76ers staff members arrived at John F. Hartranft School in North Philadelphia on Friday morning eager to volunteer and begin the Sixers support of the Hartranft neighborhood.

Volunteers beautified the school’s walls with fresh paint and assembled classroom kits among other activities that helped prepare the school for the upcoming year.

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From selling drugs to teaching 4th graders: A Philly redemption story

Quamiir Trice was a 15-year-old high school sophomore with a report card full of F’s when his time as a Philadelphia School District student abruptly ended: Arrested for selling crack, he was banished to the city’s juvenile justice center.

Last week, his career as a School District teacher began. Trice completed his new-educator orientation Friday. In a few weeks, he steps before a class full of fourth graders at Bethune Elementary in North Philadelphia.

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Phila. School District Holds Weeklong Orientation For New Teachers, Counselors

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Newly hired teachers about to swing open their classrooms in the Philadelphia School District received pep talks from the people they look up to, at the beginning of a five-day New Hire Orientation event.

Schools Superintendent Dr. William Hite set the tone, with comforting words.

“Know this, we were better educators in the fifth year, than we were in the first year,” said Hite.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Finance and Grants Administrator

Job Summary

Provides operational and programmatic support by ensuring the fiscal health and strength of the organization.  Oversees and participates extensively in the financial management of all grants received by The Fund. The Finance and Grants Administrator is responsible for all fiscal reporting to various funding sources. Ensures that funds are spent in accordance with appropriate regulations. Works closely with the President/CEO and grantee (The School District of Philadelphia).   

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Philly school district measures address heart concerns that hit athletes hardest

For young athletes, a handful of minutes can save lives.

Issues of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest are rare in young people, but are most likely to involve athletes. In those cases, survival is rare.

This year, the Philadelphia School District completed a decades-long initiative in an attempt to prevent deaths from heart failure among its students. The district now provides access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every school.

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