April 14 — 10:41 am, 2010

What else is new in the School District – 2003-2004

Capital improvement plan: New construction will begin on 4 elementary schools and 3 high schools starting this year. Major renovations and additions will be made at another 17 elementary, middle, and high schools. This is part of the District’s $ 1.5 billion capital building program.

New partnerships: The District has expanded its institutional partnerships. Microsoft will be working with the District to create a new technology- based high school. The Franklin Institute will help develop a science magnet high school. The company K12 will help integrate web technology into classroom instruction and learning at Hunter. Six higher education partners will work on projects including professional development and mentoring for students in 13 schools.

New promotion and graduation requirements: The School Reform Commission has revised graduation and promotion requirements affecting grades 3, 8, and 12. Summer school will be mandatory in 2004 for any students in these grades who do not fulfill these requirements. Twelfth grade English language learners will have to pass an English proficiency test in order to graduate.

New principals: The district changed principals at over 50 schools this year. Changes were made at several large high schools, including Franklin, Germantown, Gratz, Overbrook, and West Philadelphia.

New initiatives on discipline and safety: CEP will begin managing Miller School, in addition to the two locations it already operates, and Delaware Valley High School will open a new alternative school. The Saturday Morning Alternative Reach and Teach (SMART) Program will expand to 22 sites and serve students in all grades. The District will increase the number of Parent Truancy Officers from 250 to 400 and establish a new District truancy office in Philadelphia Family Court.

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