School District of Philadelphia

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Updated July 13, 2015
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
William R. Hite Jr
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Pros
  • Good benefits (healthcare, pension, etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for Professional development (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No training for non-teacher staff, lack of support from administration, fear around job security, tons of red-tape (in 4 reviews)

  • selling off their responsibility for failing schools to charter schools and for-profit companies (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Deputy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated to improving school student outcomes, many smart people working to change a system

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy, not easy to grow, inequity in salary distsribution


  2. Special Ed. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Newark, DE

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to make a positive impact

    Cons

    lack of clear expectations and consistency


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    Special Education teacher assistant

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    Current Employee - Autistic Special Education Instructional Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Autistic Special Education Instructional Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    autonomy when teaching as long as its effective showing improvement. There is a great medical package and summer break.

    Cons

    Been employed there five and half years with no raise. There is always the excuse no money in the budget for pay increases. There is no overtime ever offered,if you work longer the pay remains the same.

    Advice to Management

    Finds ways to compensate and show appreciation for dedicated employees.


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  5. SDP Review

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    Current Employee - Career and Technical Education Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Career and Technical Education Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The primary pro for working for the SDP is knowing that you're actively contributing to the education of under served children.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the SDP is financially unable to consistently provide the basic resources necessary to educate its student population, thus requiring employees to fund needed supplies. Due to the financial instability of the SDP, long-term employment tenure is uncertain and unlikely. Also, salaries tend to be lower than in area districts. I only recommend working here as a temporary situation or last choice option.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find meaningful, inexpensive ways to reward employees who go above and beyond their job description.


  6. Intern

    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA

    Pros

    My co-workers were very nice an helpful

    Cons

    It was a little boring


  7. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues Opportunity to have a positive impact on the education and social development of kids who need it most

    Cons

    Constantly changing directives Inconsistency across schools and academic regions High class sizes, students having a range of academic, developmental, and social/emotional issues for which there are not always adequate supports in place

    Advice to Management

    Cut back the emphasis on testing; let teachers write lesson plans that are meaningful to them; and trust our professional judgment to do what we know these kids need!


  8. I'm happy to be on the cutting edge of the new renaissance of the School District of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The district is on an upswing.

    Cons

    The children have discipline problems.

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy and more local school control.


  9. It was a wonderful time to be an instructor in the District

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to change the mindset of your students, and help them to see things from another persons perspective.

    Cons

    Instructors are treated like secretaries. To much paper work.

    Advice to Management

    find a way to balance instruction and paper work.


  10. School District of Philadelphia working with our City's at risk and special needs children in a classroom setting at var

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The District offers great benefits and opportunities for advancement and retirement plans although it is difficult to navigate the best plans for individuals when they start out and difficult to change once they are chosen by new hires.

    Cons

    The District has lots of quirks and plays by it's own rules, Union representation and support in questionable

    Advice to Management

    Work with all subordinates with the same level of respect and commitment you would want for them to work with our City's students and respect each other more sincerely and honestly. The future is in our children and not in the politics and cronyism that currently is part of the system.


  11. I worked at two turnaround schools. It was very challenging.

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    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you can get through to the students, they (some) will try to behave and learn

    Cons

    It's a very challenging. You have days where you want to give up. The kids are very low academically. There are many behavioral issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be supportive of your teachers and listen!



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