Public Schools We Can Be Proud Of

A Green Administration will focus intensely on supporting and investing in our public schools. The dysfunction and safety concerns that our next mayor will need to address are a direct result of a lack of leadership from the Mayor’s Office, and they can be corrected through a collaborative approach. The fact of the matter is that we are setting up our children to fail. Derek saw it firsthand as the father of a son on the Autism Spectrum who went through the Philadelphia Public School system. Further, as the son of a retired Philadelphia Public School teacher, he saw how vocational education was removed from neighborhood schools. Under a Green Administration, the School District will pivot from the decades-old mindset that attending college is the only pathway to success. We need to prepare our youth with the skills to succeed in future careers, with clearly delineated paths to those careers. A Green Administration will prioritize connecting students with job opportunities in the community and exposing them to careers they may have never thought of otherwise. This includes expanding career and technical  education programs across the city, as well as investment in the arts, which has seen unprecedented disinvestment over the last decade. Finally, we can expand our ability to achieve these goals by providing dual-enrollment programs with the Community College of Philadelphia.




Since his time on Council, Derek has been a champion for improving the infrastructure of our schools. While in law school, this advocacy was nurtured during his time teaching at his Mother’s school (Olney High School). He witnessed, firsthand, the antiquated and dilapidated conditions of our City’s public schools. Additionally, Derek’s Mother dealt with asbestos concerns during her tenure at Olney, as well as his son while attending Hill Friedman. Yet, the safety concerns involving  asbestos continue to linger even after Derek passed legislation to hold the School District accountable for its removal. The failure to protect our children, faculty, and other community members from asbestos rests squarely on the shoulders of the School District and, as Mayor, Derek is committed to holding them accountable through a collaborative and focused partnership. We will not put our school community in harm’s way due to the District’s unwillingness to comply with the City.

Additionally, there are various issues that have not been properly addressed in our local system of education. Principally, the lingering impact of COVID-19 and the current impact of gun violence on our students. We need to provide additional resources for students who have been severely impacted by these twin crises. Without providing the behavioral health supports that our students need, we are failing to prepare our next generation of citizens and leaders. As Mayor and as a Past President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, Derek will be a vocal advocate and will use his statewide network of mayors to lobby the General Assembly, using the recent Commonwealth Court ruling that found Pennsylvania’s means of funding education as unconstitutional, and for additional State funding to address these concerns in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth.




Derek is prepared to appoint School Board members who share his commitment and vision for our public schools. Upon entering office, we will assess all current members of the Board to understand the experience and perspectives comprising the current body. We will also solicit and vet prospective appointees to fill vacancies that may arise. New and existing members of the Board must be committed to data transparency, clear and constant communication, and supporting traditional and non-traditional public schooling within our city. Derek has experienced firsthand the breakdown of communication between the Board and City government, most saliently in regards to removing asbestos and other physical hazards from our schools. As Mayor, Derek will facilitate cooperation between the parties by implementing mandatory hearings for all District-related legislation, as well as agreed-upon benchmarks by both the Board and City regarding new project implementation. The City cannot infer what the District needs, and the District cannot do its job without resources and support from the City. Finally, he will assess the Board’s performance with regular internal and external reviews, inviting stakeholders including parents, educators, building staff, and students for regular focus groups to recalibrate operations as needed.


School Safety: Opportunity and Investment


This approach towards education is an integral part of Derek’s public safety plan (i.e., Getting Guns Off Our Streets) to dramatically reduce shootings and homicides in the first year of a Green Administration. The public safety plan calls for Presence, Accountability, Opportunity, and Investment as a strategic way to reduce gun violence. In addition to using funds from the $1.2 trillion federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to invest in Philadelphia to create jobs and make our city safer, these federal funds can be used to improve our schools to make them more sustainable and to remove hazardous environmental materials.


Program Management & Best Practices


In order to improve the infrastructure of Philadelphia schools, a Green Administration will work with the School District of Philadelphia to develop a Master Plan to address the disparate conditions of our schools. Further, a program manager will be hired to implement this Master Plan with a mix of federal, State, City, and School District capital funds to transform Philadelphia schools. Using the best practices from the 21st Century Schools - Baltimore and other similar initiatives, the program manager will renovate existing buildings and develop various types of new school facilities. These new facilities will range from mixed use City/School District buildings that will combine City and School District capital dollars to new buildings like the Northeast Community Propel Academy to joint venture projects like the South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center, which includes a City health center, a primary care practice, a Free Library branch, and a City recreation center.

Derek S. Green, Esquire is running for mayor because too often Philadelphians are told they have to choose between Public Safety or Criminal Justice Reform; Reducing Taxes or Providing City Services; or New Development or Affordable Housing.
As a member of the City Council, Green represented the whole city and refused to choose. He authored the Green Plan that cut taxes for small businesses and residents to the lowest they have been in decades while increasing funding for more police officers and public safety. A lot of candidates talk about it, but as a Councilmember, Derek Green helped do it. As mayor, we will work to give Philadelphians the city they expect and deserve!
Prior to running for mayor, Green won the 2015 Democratic primary for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia by receiving the highest number of votes cast in the election and, later that year, he was elected as a member of City Council. In 2019, he was elected for another term. On September 6, 2022, Green resigned from City Council to run for Mayor of Philadelphia.

As a member of the City Council, Green held leadership roles as Chair of the Finance and Disabilities Committees, and as Vice Chair of the Aging and Law & Government Committees. Green has served as Chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, President of the Democratic Municipal Officials, and President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the City Trusts, Girard College, and Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Further, he has been on the executive committees of the Democratic National Committee and National League of Cities.

Before being elected to the City Council, Green served as Special Counsel to Councilmember Marian B. Tasco. In this capacity, he played a central role in drafting legislation, setting the stage for his own productive tenure on the Council. During this time, he also served as counsel to the Philadelphia Gas Commission and the Finance, Public Health, Human Services Committees.

Prior to working in City Council, Green served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Housing and Community Development Division of the corporate group of the City’s law department. As Deputy City Solicitor, he represented the Offices of Housing and Community Development, Neighborhood Transformation Initiatives, the Commerce Department, and the Vacant Property Review Committee. Green played a preeminent role in annually drafting, negotiating, and reviewing over $100 million in housing and economic development contracts funded by the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Green’s legal experience includes positions as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware (Securities and Criminal Divisions). He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He has received honors such as the Pennsylvania Law Weekly’s “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” Cheyney University’s President’s Outstanding Community Leader Award, the Community College of Philadelphia’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the Democratic Municipal Officials’ President’s Award, the Urban Education Fund’s Gimper Award for Outstanding Service, Bensalem High School’s first Distinguished Alumni Award, as a key regional connector and leader by Leadership Philadelphia, one of Metro Philadelphia’s 6 new young political leaders, one of the Philadelphia Daily News’ 10 under 40 rising political stars, and City and State PA named him to their Philly Power 100 list. In 2018, he was selected as NewDEAL Leader.

Before becoming an attorney, Green was a consumer and small business lender for Meridian Bank. He also served in a leadership capacity in a number of civic and professional organizations including President of the Center in the Park, Inc. and East Mount Airy Neighbors, Inc. (“EMAN”), First Vice President of the Germantown YMCA, Vice President of Young America Political Action Committee, Co-Vice Chair of the PA Bar Assoc.’s Legal Services to the Public Committee. Further, he served as a Board Director for the Green Tree School, Mt. Airy USA CDC, Urban League of Philadelphia, West Oak Lane Charter School, West Philadelphia YMCA, and served as pro bono counsel for the Family Life Centers of Canaan Baptist Church and Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown.

Green and his wife, Sheila, co-founded the first Autism Support Class at Houston Elementary School to help other Autistic children like their son, Julian. To aid other families affected by Autism, they are a top regional fundraiser for Autism Speaks.

I can’t wait to see you in person soon and tell you more about my plans.


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