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Public School Advocates Propose November Ballot Question On Dissolving SRC

Working Families Organization would have to gather 20,000 petition signatures, but Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says it would send a strong message.

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Poll: Corbett, SRC Don’t Make The Grade For Public Education

A new poll says Philadelphia voters don’t think much of how the governor or the School Reform Commission are handling public education.

04/16/2014

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Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Asks Pa. Court To Preserve Contract Seniority

The school district last week asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to affirm its right to sidestep seniority rules.

04/03/2014

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Charges Filed Against Bartram H.S. Student After Staffer Knocked Cold

The aftermath of the assault was captured on a student’s cell phone and posted online.

03/25/2014

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Two Phila. Groups Sponsoring Black History Month Student Essay Contest

The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.

01/09/2014

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Phila. Schoolteachers, School District Hoping State Mediator Will Break Logjam

Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.

01/08/2014

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Two Groups Press For Elimination of Teacher Seniority Rules In Philadelphia Schools

Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.

09/30/2013

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Nutter Uses YouTube To Respond To Critical PFT Ad Campaign

Mayor Nutter is mounting a decidedly low-budget rebuttal to the teacher union’s ad campaign which slams him.

09/05/2013

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Still No Contract For Teachers As They Head Back To Classrooms

Teachers say while the contract is a concern, the bigger concern is how understaffed schools could be after thousands of teachers, counselors and other staff were laid off earlier this year.

09/03/2013

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Still No Deal In Place Between PFT, School District

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan says some steps have been taken in the right direction, but not enough to get a deal done.

09/02/2013

PFT members gather for Labor Day Parade as contract talks continue with the school district. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Teachers Vent As Contract Talks Continue With Philadelphia School District

Teachers marching in the Labor Day Parade on Monday said they’re willing to bend but not break.

09/02/2013

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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

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Mayor Nutter Blasts Teachers’ Union Ads As ‘Distraction’

The ads have saturated the airwaves recently. They show a Philadelphia mother saying, “Mayor Nutter has stood with Governor Corbett as he gutted funding for Philadelphia’s public schools.”

08/27/2013

(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

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