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New efforts in Philadelphia to facilitate partnerships

District programming is enriched by outside programs like the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League, sponsored by After School Activities Partnerships. (Photo: Charles Mostoller)

District programming is enriched by outside programs like the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League, sponsored by After School Activities Partnerships. (Photo: Charles Mostoller)

Beset by massive budget cuts and with more deficits looming in future years, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite has been reaching out to area businesses, nonprofits, and foundations to make up the losses in money and programs.

Last year, he created the Office of Strategic Partnerships to find new allies that would augment the District’s programs and finances, while cementing and enhancing relations with old ones.

Maximizing outside partnerships is a good strategy in any case, but is crucial when a cash-starved district is trying to provide enough quality learning time for students.

“Philadelphia schools are surrounded by a rich array of resources that support the development and learning of students,” the superintendent’s latest action plan says. “These resources are currently underutilized.”

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