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Philadelphia School District Laying Off Hundreds More

Pink slips are going out later this week for 270+ non-teaching personnel.

06/06/2012

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Group Vows To Fight Philadelphia’s Plan For Public Schools

On the second day of City Council School budget hearings, a new coalition met outside city Council chambers, vowing to fight the School Reform Commission’s “blueprint” to transform the city’s public schools.

05/09/2012

(Opponents of the Philadelphia school district's "Renaissance" outsourcing program protest outside school district headquarters last Thursday.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Teachers, Parents Protest Plan To Convert Failing Schools To Charters

They were protesting the plan to turn the Creighton, HR Edmunds, and Cleveland elementary schools and the Jones Middle School over to charter providers under the district’s “Renaissance” program, which turns failing schools over to outside operators.

04/01/2012

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Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Charges School District Mishandling Student Medications

The Philadelphia teachers’ union has filed a complaint with the state, saying the school district is now using non-medical personnel to give medications to students.

02/01/2012

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan announces contract extension at Temple University (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Teachers Vote To Extend Contract Through August 2013

“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.

10/14/2011

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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

(PFT president Jerry Jordan, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

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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Philadelphia School District Says It Won’t Impose Terms On Unions Just Yet

Thursday was the Philadelphia School District’s deadline for its unions to make concessions. But the district says it’s going to let that deadline slip for now.

06/30/2011

(The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, earlier this week.  File photos by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Says State Shorted It Another $35 Million

Philadelphia School District officials say it appears the latest version of the Pennsylvania state budget leaves the district with another big hole to fill.

06/29/2011

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Philadelphia School District, Union Reach Agreement To Move Forward With Layoffs

The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers have reached an agreement which allows the District to proceed with its reduction in teachers.

06/24/2011

(Ralph Teti, attorney for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Layoff Dispute Will Go To Arbitrator

The Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers have agreed to go to arbitration to settle their dispute over nearly 350 teachers listed for layoffs.

06/24/2011

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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

Discrimination Lawsuit By White Philadelphia Schoolteachers Atypical, Not Unique

Four white Philadelphia public school teachers have filed suit against the School District of Philadelphia, alleging racial discrimination.

05/19/2011

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