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With the state budget negotiations in full swing, below please find an overview of PFT's legislative priorities and positions, many issued in collaboration with coalition partners:

Recent legislative memos and coalition materials:

  • Overarching budget platform, released with coalition partners: pft.org/budget2024
  • Our pro-public education and anti-voucher public education sign on is LIVE, and elected officials are signing on here: pft.org/MeetTheMoment
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May 16, 2024

PFT President Jerry T. Jordan issued the following statement on the passing of former State Representative Jim Roebuck:

PHILADELPHIA-- "Representative Jim Roebuck was a good man with a deep and unfailing commitment to public education, to his constituents, and to the city and commonwealth at large. I am saddened by the loss of a friend and a champion for so many of the issues we fight for every day.

Representative Jim Roebuck and PFT President Jerry T. Jordan, March 29, 2014
Representative Jim Roebuck and PFT President Jerry T. Jordan, March 29, 2014 

"For years, Representative Jim Roebuck was a mainstay in the fight for full and fair

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OndriaGlaze

May 8, 2024

Following the murder of Ondria Glaze, a special education teacher and SPECM at Olney High School, PFT President Jerry T. Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA-- "I am deeply saddened by the murder of Ondria Glaze, a special education teacher and SPECM (Special Education Compliance Monitor) at Olney High School. On behalf of all of our members, we mourn for Ms. Glaze, for her family, for the Olney High School community, and for all who knew and loved her.

"There are no words that could possibly capture this level of loss, and our deep condolences

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Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry T. Jordan emphasized, "The time is now to once and for all address the decades-long underfunding of our schools. Our students need, deserve, and are constitutionally and morally entitled to a thorough and efficient system of public education. With the funding case now decided with finality, and the Basic Education Funding Commission having completed its review, the legislature must enact a multi-year plan this year that meets the moment.”

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meet the moment

Elected Officials are signing on to show their full support for public education and their rejection of vouchers. Below is a (growing!) list of elected allies who have added their names so far. Check our social media pages for graphics!

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right is right

April 29, 2024

Following Mayor Cherelle L. Parker's subsequent appointment of Joyce Wilkerson to fill the vacant School Board position, PFT President Jerry T. Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA-- "Right is right. And Mayor Cherelle L. Parker was right to nominate Joyce Wilkerson to the first School Board under the Parker administration. Mayor Parker was right to continue to push for Joyce Wilkerson's reappointment, despite tremendous headwinds. 

"And Mayor Parker was absolutely right in appointing Joyce Wilkerson to fill the vacant position

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