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Experts refute pension 'reform' = property tax relief

HARRISBURG – The Keystone Research Center issued a new brief Thursday, “Corbett Pension Plan Does Not Equal Property Tax Relief: What the Pension Experts Say.” Citing the work of independent actuaries, the brief debunks the claim that Governor Corbett has been making on a statewide campaign-style tour – that pension reform equals property tax relief for Pennsylvania families.
 
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PA AFL-CIO Resolution Supports Union Rights at Perelman

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO today passed a resolution supporting the teachers at Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia, calling on the school’s board to negotiate in good faith with the union that has represented the teachers for nearly four decades.

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Education Advocates Rally to 'Send Corbett Packing'

“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.

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The need for seniority

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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Protests, arrests don't stop SRC from closing schools

Parents, students, teachers and community leaders joined together to stop a School Reform Commission plan to close 27 OF Philadelphia public schools in June, but after protests, testimony and even arrests, just four of the 27 were spared. (Video) 

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