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(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget Options

Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.

05/07/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets. File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Asks Pa. Court To Preserve Contract Seniority

The school district last week asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to affirm its right to sidestep seniority rules.

04/03/2014

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Charges Filed Against Bartram H.S. Student After Staffer Knocked Cold

The aftermath of the assault was captured on a student’s cell phone and posted online.

03/25/2014

(Members of Philadelphia's Democratic caucus in the Pa. State Senate.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. State Senate Dems Propose $300M Fix For Education Statewide

The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.

01/30/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Schoolteachers, School District Hoping State Mediator Will Break Logjam

Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.

01/08/2014

(jonathan Cetel of PennCAN, outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Two Groups Press For Elimination of Teacher Seniority Rules In Philadelphia Schools

Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.

09/30/2013

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Still No Deal In Place Between PFT, School District

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan says some steps have been taken in the right direction, but not enough to get a deal done.

09/02/2013

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Deadline Comes And Goes With No New Contract For Philadelphia School Teachers

The midnight deadline came and went Saturday, but there was no new contract between the Philadelphia School District and its teachers union.

09/01/2013

(PFT president Jerry Jordan, left, addresses teachers' rally outside school district headquarters on August 22, 2013.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Willing To Accept Pay Freeze, Pay Into Health Care

Concerned that schools will open September 9th without adequate staffing, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan is ready to budge at the bargaining table.

08/28/2013

(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers express their anger during Thursday night's School Reform Commission meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philly School Board Staffing Moves Raise Ire of Teachers’ Union

The Philadelphia teachers’ union is mulling its legal options now that the School Reform Commisson has taken the unprecedented step of overriding the union’s contractual seniority protections.

08/16/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Not Ready To Give Up on Additional State Help For Philadelphia’s Schools

House Republicans have said “no” to a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city, but Nutter isn’t ready to throw in the towel on that proposal.

07/01/2013

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Philadelphia Federation Of Teachers President Speaks Out About Budget Crisis

Mayor Nutter says “shared sacrifice” is required to restore the $300 million in cuts recently made in the school district’s budget. But the teachers union says its members have sacrificed enough.

06/01/2013

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State Lawmaker Wants To Help Philadelphia School District Budget By Tracking Down Tax Deatbeats

State Senator Mike Stack says the bill could help free up a total of $400 million in combined delinquent property, business and wage, but even if it passes, it could take a while before the schools feel relief.

05/28/2013

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Philadelphia Teachers, School Officials At Odds Over How To Close Budget Gap

Superintendent William Hite’s budget relies on labor concessions — including teacher pay cuts from 5 to 13 percent, and an end to teacher seniority.

05/17/2013

Donna Cooper announces the formation of the coalition outside school headquarters yesterday. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

New Education Coalition Asks For Teacher Contract Changes

The group endorses full site selection in the next teachers contract — that is, letting principals pick teachers, rather than having teachers with seniority choosing the schools where they want to work.

04/11/2013

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