“We’re not giving to the district, we are really giving to the children of Philadelphia because we do care about what happens in schools and what happens to the kids,” Federation president Jerry Jordan says.
After a tumultuous summer that saw the buyout of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, a new school year begins today for Philadelphia public school students.
Philadelphia’s annual Labor Day parade and picnic drew a large and mixed crowd — celebrating the movement that gave the holiday its name.
PFT president Jerry Jordan admits he won’t miss her.
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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chanting “Save our schools,” Philadelphia public school teachers carried picket signs outside Mayfair Elementary School to bring attention to cuts in state education funding.
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.”
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.