A conversation with PFT president Jerry Jordan
July 17, 2014
Guest: Jerry Jordan
Throughout this past school year, Philadelphia teachers have been coping with the effects of a budget crisis that has resulted in more children in their classrooms, fewer, and in some cases, no counselors and nurses on site, a reduced number of school-based administrators and support staff, and a shortage of textbooks and supplies for their students, among other things. At the same time they have been working without a contract since August, 2013. Dividing the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the School District of Philadelphia are proposals around salary cuts, benefit reductions and a work-rule changes â€“ all of which school officials say will help reduce the ongoing deficit. JERRY JORDAN is president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Heâ€™s in the studio today to share his perspective on the challenges facing public education in Philadelphia.