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You are cordially invited to attend:

Central Philadelphia Development Corporation's
Membership Meeting

How the School District of Philadelphia Can Help
Retain Families with Children in Center City

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 4:00 PM

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Grant Room

As the number of school-age children increases in Center City and adjacent neighborhoods, how does the School District of Philadelphia, whose resources are challenged, work together with parents' groups and the business community to support neighborhood schools to keep families from leaving the city? Since more than 40% of downtown residents work in Center City, this is as much about workforce retention as it is about neighborhood stability. Community and cultural institutions have stepped up with programming in schools to support shortfalls such as those within music and the arts. Come hear Superintendent Hite speak about the challenges facing the School District and his plans for the District's future. Christine Carlson will follow with the Center City parents' perspective.

William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. was named Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia on June 29, 2012. Dr. Hite's professional experience includes serving at every level – teacher, principal, central office administrator and Superintendent. Prior to joining the District, Dr. Hite was Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, the state's second-largest school district and one of the 25 largest districts nationwide.

Parent Perspective: Christine Carlson
Ms. Carlson is a Center City resident who proudly sends her children to her neighborhood public school. She founded the Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition, a group of parents and community members committed to improving and reinforcing as community anchors 11 elementary schools in neighborhoods that surround the downtown.

Business casual attire required. No denim.

CPDC members are encouraged to invite both young professionals and other members of their firm to attend this meeting. RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 9, to Carol Raffa, craffa@centercityphila.org or 215.440.5500.

CPDC • [~Physical_Mailing_Address~]
T 215.440.5500 F 215.922.7672 • www.centercityphila.org

For changes of address or contact name, contact cpdc@centercityphila.org.

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