school leaders

School Spotlight: James G. Blaine Academics Plus Elementary School

The process of transformation began almost one year ago for Blaine Academics Plus School, when Principal Gianeen Powell applied for and secured a $1.5 million turnaround grant. Blaine, a District neighborhood school located in North Philadelphia, is a traditionally under-performing school with about 40% of students scoring proficient on the PSSAs. Principal Powell, with the …

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Philadelphia District High School gets Grant to Plan for Expansion

Grant from PSP’s Great Schools Fund will support planning for expansion of magnet school in North Philadelphia; the Fund has invested over $35 million in Philadelphia schools, including $11.5 million in District schools The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) today announced it has awarded a grant from its Great Schools Fund to support the development of …

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Big news on seniority reform in Philadelphia’s schools

Today’s paper reports that the school district took a big step toward principals having more autonomy to build their teams. What we’ve learned through investing $30 million in 28 Philadelphia schools is that ending outdated seniority policies is critical to creating great schools of all types. Superintendent Hite said in today’s Inquirer, “The overarching focus is …

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