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With talks paused, Weingarten tells teachers to work to defeat Corbett

By Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 2, 2014 06:25 PM

There have been no meaningful teachers' contract negotiations all summer because District leaders have declined to schedule any talks, union leaders told several hundred members who came to a general membership meeting Tuesday.

Teachers are returning to school this week without a contract, facing bare-bones conditions in schools but still under pressure to agree to contract changes that would save the District about $30 million.

New arguments in legal battle over teacher work rules; PDE and SRC press urgency

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 7, 2014 05:15 PM

The legal battle over whether Philadelphia's School Reform Commission has the power to unilaterally impose new work rules on the District's teachers is getting more intense with the filing of new arguments urging quick action by the Supreme Court.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) maintains that "the collective bargaining agreement ... has proven a particularly high barrier to the District effecting reforms essential to providing services in a fiscally responsible and manageable manner." 

Teachers' union ads target Mayor Nutter

By the Notebook on Aug 22, 2013 02:58 PM

by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks

The Philadelphia teachers' union is taking a shot at Mayor Nutter with a new ad campaign.

The group's TV, radio, newspaper and online advertisements tie Nutter, a Democrat, to Gov. Corbett, a Republican, who has been knocked for cutting schools funding in past years.

"You've sided with Gov. Corbett, against my kids, against their teachers," says public school parent and activist Kia Hinton of Nutter in the radio ad. "You've let us down. You've been starving our kids of the education they deserve."

Growing coalition pushes for new kind of Philly teachers' contract

By the Notebook on Jul 24, 2013 04:10 PM

by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks

A group calling itself the Coalition for Effective Teaching is calling on the Philadelphia School District and the city teachers' union to think about more than dollars and cents when negotiating the next contract. They're pushing to pick teachers not just based on seniority.

The Coalition for Effective Teaching has four new members, including the Urban League and Congreso.

Corbett's rescue plan sets the stage for attack on teachers' union

By Ron Whitehorne on Jul 3, 2013 11:23 AM

The Corbett rescue plan for Philadelphia's schools, forged by the likes of Comcast vice president David Cohen, Philadelphia School Partnership's Mark Gleason, and the Chamber of Commerce, sets the stage for a full-court press to wring concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The corporate education reformers will press their case for concessions and for implementing a business model of school management without the impediments of a union contract. The mantra will be: City Hall and Harrisburg stepped up; now it's time for the teachers' union to do its part.

The current crisis, in the minds of the corporate reformers, is an opportunity to advance their austerity and privatization agenda. Repeatedly, we are told that everybody must pitch in to make ends meet in these difficult times. The austerity argument begins with the plea for shared sacrifice.

Teachers' union still reluctant on salary givebacks

By the Notebook on Jun 25, 2013 10:05 AM

by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks

The Philadelphia School District has been desperately seeking help from the city, state and labor unions in order to plug a $304 million budget gap.

The city government is pledging extra money, though part of that still requires state permission. Pennsylvania officials are also in talks about finding more cash. So what about the other part of the three-legged stool?

It seems even less certain now than the other two wobbly legs.

District: No charter expansion next year

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 25, 2013 06:45 PM

Superintendent William Hite has decided not to recommend any charter school expansions for next year, saying it would be irresponsible to do so given the District's financial situation.

"Given our dire financial prospects, we must ask for shared sacrifices from our partners," said Hite in a statement. "It would be irresponsible for the District to endorse charter expansion while asking our principals to do the impossible with school budgets."

Coalition wants teacher reforms, but opposes any pay cuts

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 10, 2013 06:20 PM

A coalition of advocacy groups wants groundbreaking changes in the Philadelphia  teachers' contract -- including the effective end of seniority privileges -- but is also urging the School Reform Commission to take off the table its plan for deep salary and benefit concessions.

Saying that such cuts would be demoralizing, the groups want the SRC to ask the city and the state to cough up even more than $180 million in additional funds.

District's contract proposal offers a lesson in language

By the Notebook on Mar 13, 2013 03:55 PM

by Matthew Mandel

Like language-arts educators throughout Pennsylvania, I am charged with helping my students develop and strengthen their understanding of and facility with numerous language concepts. Thankfully the School District of Philadelphia’s initial contract proposal provides fertile ground to apply what we have learned.

Looking to Chicago as an example for Philly's teachers

By the Notebook on Mar 13, 2013 01:00 PM

by Milena Velis

As the struggle for the future of public education continues in Philadelphia, this video presents the Chicago Teachers Union as an example of how to fight and win.

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