September 22, 2015 |
WHEN THE SCHOOL Reform Commission voted to close 24 Philadelphia public schools in spring 2013 - about six months into Superintendent William Hite's tenure - much of the city was shocked and outraged. Some saw it as the fulfillment of the infamous Boston Consulting Group report. Many called it a heartless business decision by an outsider, displacing thousands of kids, parents and teachers. Now, almost three years after he assumed the role of superintendent in October 2012, Hite remains a polarizing figure.
July 16, 2015
I AM TRULY PUZZLED with your paper's admiration for Superintendent William Hite. As an educator, I can tell you that he has been toxic for education in Philadelphia. He has brought churn and turmoil to a district that needs leadership and collaboration. Almost 50 percent of principals have been replaced, assistant principals are becoming extinct as are school librarians. Many of these new principals are inexperienced and have not worked in an urban district before. In efforts to divest of veteran teachers many are receiving low evaluation marks for the first time in their professional lives.
July 16, 2015 |
THE MUSICAL chairs among Superintendent William Hite's senior staff continues. Donyall Dickey, the school district's chief academic-supports officer, is leaving the district at the beginning of August, a spokesman confirmed yesterday. He is expected to be hired as chief schools officer of the Atlanta Public Schools, officials there announced Monday. The school board will vote on the recommendation Aug. 10. Dickey was appointed to his current post last July, after coming to Philadelphia as an assistant superintendent in September 2013.
July 10, 2015
IN A VOTE of confidence, the School Reform Commission last week said it owed Superintendent William Hite what it called a "performance bonus. " It should have been called combat pay. That's the extra pay given to members of the U.S. military who serve in "designated combat zones or hazardous duty areas. " That pretty much describes the Philadelphia School District, certainly in 2012 when Hite took over after the SRC fired Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. They were perilous times, certainly for the students in the District.
July 10, 2015 |
Significant changes continue at the Philadelphia School District, with Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announcing a number of personnel shifts, hires, and other moves Wednesday to reshape the system. Hite expanded the number of "learning networks" - groups of schools arranged by geography or theme - from eight to 13, and hired assistant superintendents to oversee them. The shifts provide more support for classrooms and a greater focus on equity, Hite said. He said the moves were not dependent on the district's fiscal situation, which is up in the air as long as lawmakers have not passed a state budget.
July 4, 2015 |
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has gotten his report card: solid, but not straight A's. And though he was eligible for a performance bonus, Hite declined one, citing the Philadelphia School District's dire financial straits. The city schools leader was evaluated by the School Reform Commission in six areas: student growth and achievement; systems leadership; district operations and financial management; communication and community relations; human resources management; and professionalism.
June 8, 2015
An article in the Sunday Inquirer about the salary package of the Abington School District superintendent mischaracterized the total numbers of students under the supervision of Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite. Excluding the public school students who attend charters, Hite has direct responsibility for the 142,000 students who go to conventional public schools.
June 5, 2015 |
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. understands City Council's frustration - another spring, another multimillion-dollar ask from the perpetually needy Philadelphia school system. And this time, it comes with a request from the mayor for a $105 million property-tax increase. But though it's often glossed over, the Philadelphia School District faces a sizable 2015-16 budget gap, and so the first $85 million that comes in from the city or state does not fund additional counselors or literacy programs.
June 4, 2015 |
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. looked out over the sea of suits and made his pitch for Philadelphia schools. "With your support, your assistance, your passion to help the children of Philadelphia, we will get there," Hite told the audience of lawyers and business people. The pep talk came Tuesday at a "Support Our Schools" corporate partnership breakfast at the Center City law firm Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy P.C. After several years of cuts, Hite and the Philadelphia School District are courting investments in the 2015-16 school year.
May 15, 2015 |
Legislation that would create a state-run system for low-performing Pennsylvania schools could devastate the Philadelphia School District, its superintendent told the Senate Education Committee in Harrisburg on Wednesday. William R. Hite Jr. said he favors accountability for additional funds he seeks for Philadelphia. But as written, a bill that would compel struggling schools across the state to improve rapidly or face relegation to a new state-administered system would "create an unfunded turnaround mandate, resulting in the stripping out of supports and programs from schools left under district control," he said.