Philadelphia School Reform Commission
The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.
Currently, the SRC must approve its own dissolution.
Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.
“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.
“This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are,” Nutter said today.
School Reform Commission chair Bill Green said the SRC is exercising its option to unilaterally modify its labor contract with the PFT.
The new principal at Masterman, a magnet school (grades 5-12) in Philadelphia, is no stranger to the place: she was once a student there.
The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.
Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.
His top issue: returning the Philadelphia school district to local governance.
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.
An amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.
The Philadelphia School District is keeping its pink slips in its pocket for now, until the revenue picture from Harrisburg becomes more clear.
The Philadelphia School Partnership is giving $137,000 each to St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, in South Philadelphia, and to St. Helena Incarnation, in Olney.
Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.