School District of Philadelphia

www.phila.k12.pa.us
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Updated June 30, 2015
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
William R. Hite Jr
41 Ratings

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. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Department Chairperson in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Department Chairperson in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PSERS pension is the best thing about working in this district
    Pay is not near the top in this area unless you are top tier administrator

    Cons

    Dis functional district blames most inadequate services on teachers
    It used to be a good system to work for but changed in the last 10 years

    Advice to Management

    Get
    Rid of top heavy administration


  2. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation if you are in the top level.

    Cons

    Poor support of faculty, limited resources, very little updated technology to use in the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


  3. Disappointed

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Havertown, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Havertown, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to make salient change in a child's life. Ignore the obstacles. Make a difference.

    Cons

    The District is more concerned with lining the pockets of cronies than it is protecting and eductating our children

    Advice to Management

    Leave


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  5. The District

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Phila, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is a decent wage.

    Cons

    The politics is thick. There is ageism. There is bigotry.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your capital and make up the school. Treat them well.


  6. SPED Teacher

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to customize your classroom, summers and leave off.

    Cons

    Violent students, micromanagement, pay stuck @ same level for 4 years, never ending paperwork on IEPs, and other documentation, spending money on your own supplies (1-2K is commonplace), having to put up with agency TSS workers who can be like secondary children, culture of "blaming the teacher" if standardized scores are not high , even though children are functioning below grade levels.

    Advice to Management

    To the people at 440, more support for struggling teachers, better pay (I don't know of any profession that pay levels are frozen for 4 years).


  7. substitute teacher

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None No pros. It was clean, especially the floors.

    Cons

    Like a season in hell, Unruly savages.


  8. Demoralizing and Blamed by All

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    Current Employee - Educator
    Current Employee - Educator

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summers off. That's about it. Sometimes actually helping a child or a family without interference. A child's smile. Good medical benefits. PFT Union, at times.

    Cons

    As a teacher lack of respect from principals, the School Reform Commition (SRC), parents, and the press. Jobs lost to charter schools. Union busting practices. Brow-beating staff. Spending your own money on basic supplies. Little chance for advancement even with proper qualifications. Advancement based on reverse discrimination (officially racial-balance). Stress, not only from doing your position, but from teachers taking the insults from everyone, getting beat up by students ( and not just high schooler's), threats of bodily harm (students AND parents), etc.

    Advice to Management

    How do higher ups expect to make a teacher feel like what they are doing is worth it year after year whilst criticizing all the sweat and tears put into these schools? Inspiration should come from a need to help the students, not taking away staff contract, benefits, and giving everything away to low performing charter schools.


  9. Like Working Under Communism

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing was good about the job. They make you feel like you are really important to them when you get interviewed and all, but you are not.

    Cons

    Hostile environment, principals harass the teachers (ie: writing the whole staff up about something stupid before Christmas break every year just to show they are in charge), teachers are not supported, teachers go into debt because they have to pay for everything, and teachers end up hating their jobs. It is like working under communism.

    Advice to Management

    Get all new managment


  10. Unfortunate

    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Working with kids in need

    Cons

    Promise Academies, corrupt principals and district administrators, culture of blaming teachers and "passing on" kids, relentless commitment to falsifying PSSA test scores and making teachers scapegoats rather than reporting realistically and being responsible for results....

    Advice to Management

    Hire teachers that care, then give them the autonomy needed to make decisions best for kids; support teachers with a vision and help them execute this in the best interests of children rather than putting them down constantly. Get rid of Edward Penn - he is the leader responsible for this review.


  11. Draining.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is some job security.

    Cons

    Lack or resources, limited staff, very time consuming outside of the workday, extremely stressful.



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