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Thousands Attend Labor Day Celebrations, Local Leaders Cite Need For Unions

Philadelphia’s annual Labor Day parade and picnic drew a large and mixed crowd — celebrating the movement that gave the holiday its name.

09/05/2011

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With Ackerman’s Departure, Sighs Of Relief From Many Quarters

PFT president Jerry Jordan admits he won’t miss her.

08/22/2011

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Philadelphia School District Backs Off Special Treatment For ‘Promise Academy’ Teachers

It’s a win for the teachers’ union, who said all along that their contract called for layoffs by seniority and that no group of teachers should be bypassed.

08/16/2011

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Activists Unhappy With Plan To Scale Back Promise Academy Schools

“If you take the Promise Academies from the 154,000 students that we educate, 85 percent of them are African-American, then it’s a disgrace,” Pamela Williams shouted.

08/04/2011

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Analysis: Future For Philadelphia Public School Teachers

Philadelphia City Council is on its very long summer vacation after passing a property tax increase for the schools. But some players in the school drama say there are struggles ahead.

06/26/2011

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Pa. Supreme Court Will Likely Enter Teachers Union, School District Layoff Dispute

In the ongoing legal battle over layoffs between the teachers union and Philadelphia school district, it appears likely that the State Supreme court will take up the case

06/13/2011

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Judge Temporarily Halts Philadelphia School District Layoff Plan

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has granted a union request to force schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman to rescind 1,500 teacher layoffs for the time being.

06/06/2011

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Teachers, Parents Protest State Budget Cuts In Philadelphia

Saving schools and saving money seem to be impossible. Teachers, students, and their parents stood outside of Mayfair Elementary, holding up signs in protest of Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $1.2 billion worth of cuts to education.

05/10/2011

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Philadelphia School Teachers Demonstrate Against Pa. Education Funding Cuts

Chanting “Save our schools,” Philadelphia public school teachers carried picket signs outside Mayfair Elementary School to bring attention to cuts in state education funding.

05/10/2011

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‘Rubber Room’ Teacher Returning To The Classroom

The Philadelphia school district has changed its mind about firing a teacher who let students leave school to protest the school’s conversion to a charter. The teacher is returning to work Monday after three weeks in a so-called “rubber room.”

03/18/2011

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West Philadelphia Students Protest Plans To Force Out Half The Staff

The Philadelphia school district is promising big gains at 18 schools drafted into its turn-around program but students from at least one of the schools are skeptical.

02/12/2011

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