Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Vikki Aristoklis, a veteran teacher at James Rhodes Elementary School in West Philadelphia, says teachers need the resources to help their students. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Teachers, Activists Demanding More State Money For Schools

Philadelphia teachers are heading for Harrisburg today to press their case for more state funding.

06/29/2015

PFT president Jerry Jordan addresses reporters during briefing at PFT headquarters in Center City. (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Objects To Outsourcing Substitute Teachers, School Nurses

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is griping about what is says are the School District’s plans to privatize school employees – substitute teachers and nurses.

06/10/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Considers Privatizing School Nurses

Schools superintendent Wiliam Hite says the cash-strapped school district is simply exploring ways to expand student health services without spending more money.

05/14/2015

(Marjorie Neff, left, recently appointed to head the School Reform Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf, and her predecessor, Bill Green, who will remain a member of the SRC.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Phila. SRC Chair and His Replacement Say They’ll Move Schools Forward Together

New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

(Former SRC chair and current SRC member Bill Green.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Says He Won’t Give Up SRC Chairmanship Without Court Fight

He says he plans to go to Commonwealth Court for a ruling on whether Gov. Wolf had the authority to strip him of his School Reform Commission chairmanship.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/02/2015

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Philadelphia Federation Of Teachers Hosts Mayoral Candidates Forum

PFT president Jerry Jordan says this is an opportunity for members to hear the candidate’s views on the challenges facing Philadelphia school children.

02/25/2015

Fairness Center general counsel David Osborne at a Center City news conference announcing lawsuit against the Philadelphia School District at its teachers union (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Group Sues Philadelphia School District, Union Over “Ghost Teachers”

The Fairness Center is suing the Philadelphia School District and its teachers union over the longstanding practice of teachers doing union work to remain on the district’s books.

02/25/2015

(The School Reform Commission, during a contentious meeting on February 19, 2015, when Bill Green was chair.  Schools superintendent William Hite is standing in background.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

School Reform Commission Says Its Vote on Charter Applications Will Have Little Budget Impact

The district faces an $80-million deficit next year, but SRC chair Bill Green says adding five charters won’t break the budget because four of the schools would open in 2016.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

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Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Wins a Round in Court Over Imposed Employment Terms

In a major victory for the Philadelphia public schoolteachers’ union, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that the School Reform Commission cannot cancel the teachers’ contract.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

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

Commonwealth Court Reviews Legality Of Philadelphia School District’s Termination Of Teachers’ Contract

Attorneys for the Philadelphia School District have asked a Commonwealth Court panel to affirm the District’s authority to cancel its teachers contract.

12/11/2014

PFT leader Jerry Jordan (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Says Young People Need Opportunity To Voice Concerns In Aftermath Of Ferguson, Staton Island

Teachers, parents and faith leaders are weighing in on the two grand jury presentments this past week that cleared white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

12/06/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees Hope For Phila. Schools in Wolf’s Election as Pa. Governor

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.

11/05/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Takes Dispute Over Teacher Health Premiums to a Higher Court

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.

10/28/2014

(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and their supports demonstrate on October 16, 2014, in front of school district headquarters on North Broad Street.  Photo by KYW's Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Files Court Motions Over Contract Cancellation

Union president Jerry Jordan, in a statement, said the cancellation lacked legal merit and he called the act “cowardly and disrespectful.”

10/17/2014

(Teachers walk into Kelly Elementary School in Germantown after a morning rally.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Teachers Protest Budget Cuts At Philadelphia Public Schools

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.

10/10/2014

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