Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
The mayor believes Wolf’s election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The district is appealing to Commonwealth Court, where it seeks a judgment on whether the School Reform Commission has the authority to cancel the PFT contract.
Union president Jerry Jordan, in a statement, said the cancellation lacked legal merit and he called the act “cowardly and disrespectful.”
Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.
“This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are,” Nutter said today.
Dom Giordano talked to William Hite, Superintendant of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, about the decision to cancel their contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
School Reform Commission chair Bill Green said the SRC is exercising its option to unilaterally modify its labor contract with the PFT.
With the governor and the School Reform Commission calling on teachers to make concessions, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ president Jerry Jordan was hearing directly from members about their working conditions.
In Announcing Classes Would Begin On Time, Phila. School Officials Repeat Their Call For Concessions From Teachers Union
Cigarette tax money, if it comes, would fill about half of the budget hole. The district is still pushing its teachers union for concessions. Superintendent William Hite says the district is no longer seeking across the board wage cuts.
Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.
Governor Corbett yesterday called out the Philadelphia teachers union for not contributing to a solution for the school district’s fiscal mess. The union says the governor is wrong.
Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.
Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.
Working Families Organization would have to gather 20,000 petition signatures, but Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says it would send a strong message.
A new poll says Philadelphia voters don’t think much of how the governor or the School Reform Commission are handling public education.