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Education advocates continue to rally for full and fair funding

by Wendy Harris on Dec 13 2013 Posted in Latest news

(Photos by Harvey Finkle)
Members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and Parents United for Public Education joined students and other education advocates Thursday afternoon at Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia to demand that the state develop a full and fair funding formula for public schools.

Protesters asked that the state not "let the budget grinch steal our schools," and one PCAPS member even dressed up as the Grinch. Massive budget cuts in District schools have reduced the number of counselors, nurses, and support personnel, as well as other resources and activities that engage students day to day. 

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/14/2013 - 10:31.

These are special interest groups aligned with the PFT union. Their narrow self interests shouldn't be taken seriously.

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on Sat, 12/14/2013 - 15:25.

Educators, parents and students are "special interests."   And the hedge fund managers, corporate CEOs and their political campfollowers who make up the auterity and privatization lobby are high minded thinkers devoted to the common good.   As the say on monday night football, "C'mon man"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 16:15.

I see the spammers have found the site.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:09.

The interest are special and should indeed be taken very seriously.

Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:46.

When I see a single comment from a PFT member that is in support of the children rather than the union, I might be less cynical.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 21:33.

Many members believe if the PFT leadership really fought on it's members behalf we would not locally have all the issues we do. I understand the climate nationwide on school reform but the reformers, administrators and politicians eyeballed Philadelphia District as they knew the officials at the PFT are weak, ineffective, and just grab the Crisco oil rolling over instead of putting up a solid, persistent fight.

More important, the PFT leaders do not work on members behalf anymore. If they did, they would strongly take on valid grievances, respond to members issues, treat them with respect, communicate to them and take action when the CBA is blatantly breached.

Let me say this as for the so-called grievances Jordan said he filed for all the violations,(leveling, improper restorations, appointments, and so on) there is no way in the world the District will give back pay, benefits, and retroactive seniority like the PFT say they are seeking. It's common sense, the SDP claims to have no money now and not going pay millions in grievances penalties-no way. The District will agree to do something minor for the withdrawal of the alleged grievances (filed by the PFT) and the PFT officers will say sure-screwing many members over and the SDP winning again. Reject that minor offer and this time execute all of the grievances.PFT prove a point, for once, we all know it's been a very long time since you have done that. But knowing the leaders of the PFT they will not. Citing excuse after excuse. They are so predicatable.The District knows this too, thus the compounding of problems and violations.

The PFT members need to take action now and get the leaders out of the PFT including Jordan, Harris, Phillips, Kempin, Dubin,etc.
They all seem to be drinking the same kool-Aid and study the same excuse script that's why the District violates the contract with no consequences. It is so disgusting.

For members who have not had to use the PFT, for an issue yet, wait until you do and you will see exactly what is being said about them is accurate.Wait until this summer when more schools are closed and Renaissance schools converted to private school operators - you may be a forced transfer or even laid off. The SDP will hire a new employee to put in your place with the PFT eyes closed or open and just let it go then tell you it's what the District needs or what can they do or we will file that throwaway "toilet paper" grievance --but nothing will actually be done for you.

Email PFT leaders and tell they to step aside immediately and give their members a chance before a total collapse of the PFT.The officers and staff of the PFT can go back to the classroom and see the real deal. I'm sure we will see retirements suddenly within the leadership since they forget what it's like to be in the schools teaching anymore and probably would not be able to cut it nowadays.
Just like lifelong politicians forget their constituents concerns after having the job for so many years.
Both groups become self-serving totally disregarding who they are supposed to be representing.

Email addressees below:
execoffice@pft.org (general PFT email)
jjordan@pft.org
lharris@pft.org
dphillips@pft.org
akempin@pft.org
jdubin@pft.org

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