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Hite sits down with Notebook to talk budget cuts, funding, charters

By the Notebook on Oct 25, 2013 11:02 AM

by Isaac Riddle

[Note: Due to technical difficulties, portions of the video near the beginning are inaudible. Posted below is part of a pre-interview transcript of questions that relates to the affected section, which lasts up to about the 1:36 mark.]

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite sat down for a live interview on Wednesday with Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa. The interview was part of the public access channel PhillyCAM's fourth anniversary broadcast.

Hite answered questions about the District’s lack of guidance counselors and nurses, teacher seniority, teacher salaries, state funding, and charter schools. He also responded to the question of whether he had taken a pay cut.



I’m Dale Mezzacappa of the Public School Notebook. We’re an independent education newspaper – an information source and a voice for all the people and communities involved with Philadelphia’s public schools. Our offices are upstairs from PhillyCAM at Seventh and Ranstead Street. And we’re excited to be collaborating with PhillyCAM on this program to celebrate their fourth anniversary.

William Hite has been superintendent in Philadelphia schools for one tumultuous year. He is a lifelong educator who came to us from Prince George's County, Md.

You came in October of last year, and since then you have had to make one decision after another to cut services to students. Have you ever operated in an environment like this before?

Do you think that Pennsylvania has a rational system for funding schools?


Isaac Riddle is an intern at the Notebook.


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Comments (7)

Submitted by Stewart (not verified) on October 25, 2013 3:48 pm
Just remember that Hite is a graduate of the Broad Foundation Superintendents Academy, which is unaccredited and pushes the radical "churn" management style that Eli Broad favors. These are people who are taught that disruption, attacks on teachers, and privatization are the ways to run a district. Broad Academy graduates have an extremely poor record (as Hite does himself from Prince Georges County) and many have been forced out of districts across the country. The most recent nationally-known fiasco from a Broad graduate (besides our own problems here in Philadelphia) is the flap over the purchase of iPads in the Los Angeles USD that has lead to the resignation of John Deasy as superintendent. There is no good reason to trust Hite and every good reason not to take a thing he says at face value.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2013 7:45 am
What is the the student death toll up to now since he became superintendent?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2013 7:51 am
Why is he stealing the funds from the public schools then pumping it into the charters? Then crying that there is a budget deficit. Gross negligence!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2013 8:57 am
Another waste of tax dollars hiring Hite who just created more of a mess than Ackerman and Vallas. What SDP needs is a real Philadelphian who is making decisions and actually is compassionate, not a corporate puppet exercising their power for their own good. Hite go back to MD. and make sure you don't steal more money out of the District, like Ackerman did, by demanding a big settlement to leave-contract or not because obviously you don't abide by contracts anyway. Get a superintendent that actually cares about the success of the students in Philadelphia. More importantly, who respects and builds the morale of people working in the schools-not constantly tear them down and creating choas,disruption,and burn employees out way before their time. The SRC is to blame too and needs to resign and appoint people with a real interest for the school system and the stakeholders of the District, until we win the fight for a local elected school board like all of Pennsylvania has aside from SDP. Under Corbett and Nutter the SDP won't get the right people appointed. Just more reformer hacks and puppets of their agenda which doesn't include students, parents, communities and school staff.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 28, 2013 7:09 pm
Why would ANYBODY with any sense at all believe anything coming out of Hite's mouth. It's like believing anything coming from Lori Shorr or Nutter. The dots have been connected for a long time and for all to see. The question now is what are we going to do to combat this hostile takeover by the rich and their nincompoops like the above. Throw Pedro and One Term Tom into that group too.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 28, 2013 7:16 pm
That was Joe K. Forgot to change the name. Sorry.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 28, 2013 8:34 pm
Can RuPaul ,aka, Hite please just shut up and collect your hundreds of thousands and then hop scotch out of town.No one wants to listen tou you.

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