Parents group cancels rally after Catholic teachers approve contract deal

    Tonight’s planned rally by Catholic Parents Respond has been called off, now that the Association of Catholic Teachers and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have reached a contract agreement.

    “Thanks to both the Archdiocese and the Teachers Union for agreeing on a new contract and getting our kids back in school tomorrow. Thank you also for the support from all of you parents,” reads a Facebook update from CPR. “Tonights rally is cancelled!!”

    The rally was planned for 5:30 p.m. outside the Office of Catholic Education, and was part of CPR’s growing movement by parents with a “sole objective is to get our kids back in school” after Catholic high school teachers went on strike last week. Some parents supported withholding tuition as the negotiations dragged on.

    Teachers voted to approve a deal this morning, and students are expected back in the classroom Tuesday.

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