On Monday, Dec. 9, in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and across the country, parents, educators and community groups are coming together for a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: Our Schools, Our Solutions. Get details on the Philadelphia Day of Action here and the Pittsburgh Day of Action here.
“Moving crews” in jumpsuits and dozens of protesters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh greeting Gov. Corbett with chants of "One Term Tom" has the unpopular governor toured the state on a re-election campaign kickoff tour. As a U-Haul moving truck circled the blocks bearing a sign that read "Send Corbett Packing" education advocates exposed the devastating impact Corbett's billion-dollar-budget-cuts have had on schools across the state.
Seniority has less to do with teacher placements and promotions and has everything to do with fairness and objectivity in hiring decisions, says Lisa Haver, a retired Philadelphia teacher and active PFT member, in a recent op-ed in the Philadelphia Daily News.
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Sylvia Wilson of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers received the Albert Fondy Legacy Award during AFT Pennsylvanian's 2013 Biennial Convention. She was recently elected to the Pittsburgh School Board.
Community College of Philadelphia's former Co-President Karen Schermerhorn was awarded the Albert Fondy Legacy Award for her work in education and unionism.
AFTPA President Ted Kirsch on Thursday called the Philadelphia School Reform Commission "criminals" for robbing students of the opportunity to have music, libraries, nurses, and more. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, "We are saying no to any more cuts. It will be immoral for us as educators to attempt to open schools without" all these vital programs and services. Watch the video.
In the face of mounting evidence that the pension reform bills under consideration would cost taxpayers more money, provide retirees with inferior benefits and face expensive court battles, AFT Pennsylvania urges lawmakers to reject pension reform bills and allow Act 120 to gradually restore public pension plans to full funding.
Pittsburgh and Bethel Park elect former teachers to their respective school boards.
Teachers and counselors at New Media Technology Charter School voted 26-3 for representation by the Alliance of Charter School Employees, Local 6056, an AFT Pennsylvania affiliate. New Media’s union vote is the first charter school in Pennsylvania to be conducted according to private-sector labor law and overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.