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PSP Statement on Authorization of Cigarette Tax for Schools

Statement from the Philadelphia School Partnership’s Executive Director Mark Gleason: “PSP applauds the leadership and members of the General Assembly for authorizing the Philadelphia cigarette tax, and for coupling the much-needed new funding stream with a charter-school reform that is in the best interest of students and families. “Now those students and families need state …

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Two-pronged attack on teachers’ seniority planned

Seniority for public school teachers is in the crosshairs in Philadelphia and soon will be a target across Pennsylvania.

Frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations for a new contract for Philadelphia teachers, a coalition of education and parents' groups says it will call on the School Reform Commission Monday to immediately pull seniority off the bargaining table and give Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. a free hand in assigning staff.

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Parents and School Reform Groups Urge SRC to Implement Work Reforms on seniority and Staffing Now

Today, public-school parents and education reform groups today called on the School Reform Commission (SRC) to use its existing authority to implement policies that put student needs ahead of employee seniority when it comes to hiring, assigning and compensating teachers. Parents and advocates alike urged the SRC to end the negotiation stalemate by using its …

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Our Response to Action United and PFT Attacks

Misguided and inaccurate attacks simply waste time and money, and do nothing to solve the problem. Our children are waiting, and they deserve better. Action United and its supporters at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are spending tens of thousands of dollars to divert the public’s attention away from the real issues at the center …

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Daily News Editorial: District must fix teacher policies

Contentious contract negotiations, like those involving the School District and the teachers’ union, are usually at heart a battle of narratives – between management, which is often in financial crisis, and labor, whose narrative is about protecting beleaguered workers from being exploited. They are rarely a celebration of hard data and facts about hiring, compensation …

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Major study released on teaching in Philadelphia

A major new study released today on Philadelphia’s teaching force confirms what we know from our investments in Philadelphia’s great schools: Talent is key and as a city we’re not doing enough to attract, develop and retain great teachers. Read a summary of the report here. The National Council on Teacher Quality’s in-depth study– available …

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