School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr., left, and Board of Education President Reginald Streater speak with students at a school selection process rally in front of district headquarters in March.

New report recommends changes to Philly’s school selection process

BY: - July 3, 2023

More than half of students surveyed said they want the district to drop its lottery system altogether.

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Year-round school, a new curriculum, enhanced safety: Here’s the Philly schools’ new 5-year plan

BY: - May 25, 2023

'This is our roadmap for how we're going to align all of our resources in the school district,' Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said.

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Philly schools chief announces changes to high school admissions after enrollment protests

BY: - March 26, 2023

The centralized lottery system was imposed in 2021 due to concerns about equity and access for Black and brown students to some of the city’s most coveted schools.

In Philly, city and schools leaders respond to Shapiro’s first budget

BY: - March 11, 2023

By Chanel Hill PHILADELPHIA — Following Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget address, Philadelphia city officials and education leaders have responded to the administration’s plans for education funding. “We applaud Gov. Shapiro for putting forward an ambitious proposal,” School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said. “We are looking forward to engaging with Gov. Shapiro […]

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Boosting graduation, reducing dropout rates key to Philly schools’ success, city schools chief says

BY: - January 23, 2023

'We all have to be able to sit down together, communicate with each other and come up with a solution together,' Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said

Students at the Samuel Powel School ask speakers questions during a recent program. The School District of Philadelphia will be engaging advisory groups of parents/guardians, principals, teachers, school support staff, students, union leadership and central office staff to help improve the schools (Philadelphia Tribune photo).

Philly schools chief Watlington begins final part of strategic plan

BY: - December 5, 2022

The Philadelphia School District's strategic plan will be released in spring 2023.

‘Sobering, but not surprising’: Report details the pandemic’s toll on Philly students’ test scores

BY: - October 25, 2022

Reading and math scores for some students dipped as schools shuttered during the public health crisis.

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Weeks into the job, new Philly schools boss Watlington checks in with district families

BY: - July 23, 2022

'I’m learning a lot from the insights and opinions that you have shared,' he said.

William Hite Art New

As he heads for the exit, Philly schools chief Hite reflects on his 10-year tenure

BY: - June 11, 2022

By Chanel Hill PHILADELPHIA — When William Hite Jr. was named the superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia in 2012, he arrived during a financial crisis that was caused by the end of federal stimulus funds and state budget cuts. “At the time I arrived here, the Obama stimulus money was expiring and that […]

Philly education advocates weigh in on new city schools chief Tony Watlington Sr.

BY: - April 5, 2022

Watlington, superintendent at the Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina, starts his new role on June 16.