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 – all of which school officials say will help reduce the ongoing deficit. JERRY JORDAN is president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. He’s in the studio today to share his perspective on the challenges facing public education in Philadelphia.