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At Corbett's Philly office, 100 press for 'fair' funding formula for schools

by thenotebook on Dec 10 2013 Posted in Latest news

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

More than a hundred students, teachers, parents, community members and labor activists rallied Monday at Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office, demanding an equitable education funding formula.

Philadelphia was one of 90 cities nationwide in which education advocates gathered to stage events designed to highlight "how dis-investment in public education is damaging our communities."

In the wintry dusk of South Broad Street, the group halted traffic as it chanted call-and-response attacks on the governor's education record, later marching around City Hall as both the temperature and the light fell in the frigid December air.

The formula would qualify as "fair," advocates say, if the state used a transparent, data-driven metric when portioning out its education budget to its 500 school districts.

The ideal metric would divert more money to school districts that serve a higher percentage of students thought to be more expensive to educate -– those in poverty, with a disability, or still learning English, they say.

"Pennsylvania is one of three states that doesn't have one," said Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. "We need a formula."

This type of formula, advocates say, would go a long way toward improving educational outcomes in urban districts such as Philadelphia.

"I'm not talking about any frills," said Jordan, "but the kind of services and programs that children have in schools in surrounding districts."

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Comments (18)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:43.

That's not much of a turnout. It probably would have been better to have no rally at all. Now Corbett can see how weak our hand is. I'm resigned to the pay cuts and am adjusting my budget accordingly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 01:32.

People are tired of "do nothing" rallies and the same old tired speeches. It's way past the time for A-C-T-I-O-N!

PFT should have walked before the school year even started, now we sit and "die the death of a thousand cuts" as the District and State just take back and impose one thing after another.

When someone finally decides to DO SOMETHING, let the people know, they will be there.

Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 15:55.

AGREED !!!!!!!!!!! Well said !! By the way, a cynic might say that these same old strategies are designed to give the appearance of fighting back while, of course, doing nothing of consequence. At this point, not much would surprise me anymore.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:37.

The PFT leadership scheduled a Building Reps meeting at the same time as this rally. That says you are right. They want to give the appearance they are fighting while at the same sabatoging a genuine fight. They are two-faced. I just wonder what their end game is, selling out the rank and file in such a cynical way.

Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:58.

I agree. It's obvious that Jordan is just delaying the news to make it look like he fought the fight. I'm sure he is well aware that there is no new money coming. Not from the city or the state. We would have heard about it by now. He's just buying time so he can collect your union dues.

Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 18:04.

No, it's bigger than that, Scotty........................but you already know that.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 02:54.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry...

What a pathetic turn out and tactics used by the useless AFT/PFT leadership .Many do their part in advancing the cause just not the way Jordan and Weingarten do.

Stop AFT / PFT wasting your energy, time and money on that stuff and get into the court rooms and battle it out. That may be the only thing the state, District and politicians hear. They aren't listening to the rants on the street because of low turn outs since the PFT union can't rally up the troops as the troops don't have that feeling of solidarity because of the way you treat your members.

AFT is going spend millions (read about it today) of this BS and in the end, unfortunately, you won't see any real gains.

Listen to your members input-all free advice-and follow their valued information instead of the old, tired, wasteful, worn old strategies AFT/PFT officials are use to trying to implement with dismal numbers mainly because of lack of unity/solidarity within their rank and file on the backs of the union leadership.

It's a different time period (even though many AFT and PFT leaders have worked decades at their jobs in the comfort of a union office-very stress free job, unlike their members nowadays) yet insist on ineffective measures.

Email Jordan and let him know-even though it will go on deaf ears. The PFT leadership is rude, ignornant,weak, inept, all knowing, disrespectful, deficient in common courtesy, not living in reality or within the real world of the SDP or what goes on in schools or at 440, treat members as if they are unintelligent by shoving votes, motions down their throats or just plain ignoring them.

Members have to be persistent in notifying Jordan and Weingarten if they want any union representation and /or job security, a fair wage with no cuts (in fact, a raise-yes I said it -a RAISE of at least 2.5% starting Sept. 2014 and at least that amount every year for the life of the contract -if a contract is ever agreed upon at all) decent working conditions, an executed dispute resolution process and general survival in School District of Philadelphia.

Don't forget red shirt Fridays,hooray,that will really scare the SDP administrators and SRC members into signing a fair contract and getting the District to stop breaching the CBA.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 09:03.

Not all of the PFT Leadership is as you portray here. Don't judge all the same. I have had many positive interactions with Leadership team members who completely understand your point of view.

Submitted by coin generator (not verified) on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:26.

I really like reading through a post that will make people think.
Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 09:53.

Please wake me up when the Republicans and Gov. Corbett will allow more money to flow into areas like Philadelphia for education with their money.

Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 15:01.

"Will allow more money" is the problem. The PEOPLE need to change the dialogue to demand more money in a big, forceful, non negotiating way. There is no or else. Until that happens, nothing will change and by the way, both political parties are basically the enemy right now. Look how much Obama has done for the very people who elected him as Exhibit A.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:22.

Those posting negative comments here, did YOU participate in yesterday's action? How about the August 22nd march? If you didn't, I'm not sure you have much room to lob criticisms.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:06.

and those rallies accomplished what? Time for new tactics OR officially give up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 13:08.

Good point. 100 out of 10,000 is only 1% of the teachers that showed up, if that. Yesterday I had to get to Home Depot to get some salt for today's storm. In August I was on vacation. Someone needs to pick up the slack.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:26.

I went in August and I attended numerous SRC meetings last Spring and I've come to the conclusion that it was all a waste of my time. Not a thing was accomplished or gained so I didn see the point of showing up on December 9. Its time for ACTION. Rallies and marches have traditionally been used to call attention to a problem but you don't keep marching forever without an ACTION plan. The PFT is so FOS & they can't be trusted at all. I'm not taking part in another fools' parade or rally. The fact that the PFT hasn't progressed from marching is pathetic. Trust me I won't be there for a scheduled sit in either. Note to the PFT move beyond the march.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 17:28.

And for those of us who are still laid off ......our frustration is growing as we are facing the end of our unemployment payments...we just want to go back to work!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 21:55.

Has any other SDP employee received a letter from human resources this week that they are restoring teachers?
My teacher friend -who is laid off -got a letter about calling back some social studies teachers.

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