What we do
The Mayor’s Office of Education (MOE) provides leadership to improve education in the City of Philadelphia. To achieve this mission, MOE:
- Advances key educational policy.
- Forges partnerships with diverse stakeholders to strengthen the local education landscape and increase opportunities for Philadelphians.
- Supports the Mayor-appointed Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia.
- Oversees new initiatives between the City and the Community College of Philadelphia.
PHLConnectEDConnecting pre-K–12 student households to digital access with internet, laptops, and training.
Philadelphia City Scholarship ProgramEncouraging Philadelphia students to pursue higher education by providing $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors.
Philadelphia's Mayor-appointed Board of Education
Members oversee all school district policy and budgetary decisions and work to ensure that all students have access to great public schools.
Otis Hackney is the Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, Otis launched two major education initiatives for Mayor Jim Kenney including a city-funded quality pre-K program, and the creation of Community Schools in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Otis also led the administration’s effort to return the School District to local control through a mayoral-appointed Board of Education.
During Mayor Kenney’s second term, Otis is spearheading the Octavius Catto Scholarship, a new initiative to strengthen the partnership between the City and Community College of Philadelphia which makes postsecondary education free for first time, full time students. Otis follows the guiding principle that all students deserve high expectations with high support as well as great schools close to where they live.