School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated 12 February 2015
Updated 12 February 2015
104 Reviews
2.3
104 Reviews
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Education is the Keybto an Open Door

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    Current Employee - Special Education One -to -One Assistant in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Special Education One -to -One Assistant in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    A great job for those who have the passion and drive to educate our youth and watch them succeed.

    Cons

    Just do your job and don't worry about others doing theirs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive of your teachers and listen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 (US)
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Draining.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    There is some job security.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unfortunate

    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  8.  

    Like Working Under Communism

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get all new managment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Tough, even by Philly stnadards

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    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can become one of the "pets" you can rely on getting new job titles which will give you raises.

    Cons

    Non-union people keep getting pay and benefits cut. There are less than 1000 of us and they think whittling away our salary will close the $300 million hole!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide support to your staff and work at not pitting employees against each other like you are playing Survivor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Incredibly challenging urban teaching experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work with students who desperately need you, and some great, dedicated co-workers.

    Cons

    Corrupt school leaders, zero supplies or support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater oversight of school leaders, flexibility to meet student needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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