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(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

(Proponents of a moratorium for school closures listen as Quanisha Smith of Action United speaks outside City Hall.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Nutter Says He Won’t Back a Delay in Philadelphia School Closure Plan

A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.

03/04/2013

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School District Proposal Asks Teachers To Work More Hours For Less Money

In its opening contract proposal, the Philadelphia School District wants teachers’ work days extended from seven to eight hours with teachers at the top of the pay scale taking a 13-percent salary cut.

02/28/2013

(Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite told a City Council hearing on Monday that the pay increases for certain district employees were not raises but rather salary adjustments for additional duties.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Schools Boss Defends Pay Increases For 25 District Employees

Superintendent William Hite defended the salary increases, saying they coincided with additional responsibilities for employees in the district’s IT, finance, and human resources departments.

11/26/2012

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Local Officials Discuss Education And The Role Of Teachers

During the recent teachers strike in Chicago and throughout the nation, there is a continuing conversation about levels of teacher accountability.

10/07/2012

Student Kiara Garcia speaks while parent Kia Henson -- far right -- and Teachers Union President Jerry Jordan -- next to Henson -- listen. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Group To Develop Plan Countering School Closures Study

A group of students, parents and teachers — unhappy with a consultant’s report that called for the closing of one-fifth of Philadelphia public schools –announced they’ll launch their own effort to develop a strategic plan.

08/16/2012

Jerry Jordan (file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teacher’s Union President Slams School Reorganization Plan

“If you really want true input from the Federation, from parents and from other stakeholders, then we need to be a part of it at the beginning, and not at the end,” Jerry Jordan said.

05/10/2012

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Group Vows To Fight Philadelphia’s Plan For Public Schools

On the second day of City Council School budget hearings, a new coalition met outside city Council chambers, vowing to fight the School Reform Commission’s “blueprint” to transform the city’s public schools.

05/09/2012

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