PFT President Jerry Jordan on District’s Proposed Reopening Plan

“But let me be very clear: my members and their students cannot return without their health and safety protected.” October 22, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— Today, as the School Board meets, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement on the proposed PreK-2 reopening model: “Yesterday, the PFT announced a tentative agreement and outlined the terms of…

PFT President Jerry Jordan on District’s Proposed Reopening Plan

October 14, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— Today, following the District’s release of its proposed reopening plan, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: “First and foremost, any reopening plan will be contingent upon health and safety. Period. Any efforts to reopen school buildings without meeting a stringent set of safety criteria will not pass muster, and…

PFT Releases Member Survey, Emphasizes Call for Fully Virtual Start to Year

July 28, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— Today, the PFT released its most recent member survey regarding reopening school buildings. Over 7,500 members participated in the weeklong survey. Download the survey report here. Over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, we have conducted four membership surveys and have used every survey as a means of gauging member feedback and…

Jerry Jordan to Board of Education: ‘Where feasible’ just doesn’t cut it.

PFT President Jerry Jordan’s July 23rd Testimony before the School Board Good Evening, I’m Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. This spring as we were thrust into the COVID-19 crisis, our 13,000 members, along with parents and students, put forth herculean efforts as they navigated what many days felt nearly impossible. Remote…

PFT Releases Reopening Recommendations

July 14, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— This morning, the PFT released its recommendations regarding reopening school buildings. These recommendations are built on months of member feedback, and are developed in conjunction with insight and expertise from scientists and infectious disease experts. Download the full report here. Download the report appendices here. Planning for reopening must be based on…

PFT President Jerry Jordan addresses the media at a press conference with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

PFT President Jerry Jordan on the US House’s Passage of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act

  July 1, 2020 This evening, the US House passed the Rebuild America’s Schools Act as part of a broader infrastructure bill (HR 2). PHILADELPHIA— On the US House passage of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (RASA), PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: “The PFT is incredibly encouraged by the US House’s action…

PFT Releases Results of Second Member-Wide Survey on Reopening

June 29, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— This morning, the PFT released the results from a week-long member-wide survey regarding reopening schools. From June 15-23, 2020, 5,914 PFT members participated in an online member-wide survey regarding a variety of school reopening models. Download the full report here. This survey builds upon our previous survey on reopening in late…

Fund Our Facilities Coalition Issues Statement on State Budget Proposals

May 27, 2020 Members of the Fund Our Facilities Coalition urge significant additional education funding and a budget that holistically addresses the needs of communities across Pennsylvania. Members of the Fund Our Facilities Coalition issued the following statement regarding state budget proposal (HB2387) which yesterday passed the PA House and is currently in the PA…