PFT Pres Jerry Jordan Announced Legal Filings in Fight for Healthy Schools

NEWS RELEASE January 20, 2020 Read the PFT’s legal complaint here. PHILADELPHIA- On a day commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., PFT President Jerry Jordan joined parents and educators to announce legal proceedings against the School District to address the ongoing facilities crisis. PFT President Jerry T. Jordan said, “Today’s press conference, as…

JERRY JORDAN ON McCLURE CLOSURE FOLLOWING ELEVATED ASBESTOS LEVELS

For Immediate Release 1/17/2020 Overnight asbestos sampling results at McClure came back elevated. PHILADELPHIA–“Upon the discovery of the protocol breach and failure to properly manage a dangerous asbestos contamination condition at McClure Elementary, the Federation emphatically stated that we were unable to assure the McClure community of the environmental safety of the building. Early yesterday…

BEST PRACTICE PROTOCOLS BREACHED AT McCLURE; ADDITIONAL ASBESTOS EXPOSURE FOUND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2020 PHILADELPHIA–Late last evening, PFT HW Environmental Science Director Jerry Roseman learned that asbestos air samples collected by School District consultants on Tuesday afternoon in the City Year room were elevated with alarming levels of airborne asbestos detected. Likely leading to this situation was an egregious breach of the best…

PFT and Elected Leaders: Environmental testing must be completed before reopening Carnell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2020 PHILADELPHIA–Carnell Elementary school, one of six Philadelphia schools shuttered by imminent asbestos hazards this school year alone, has undergone significant asbestos remediation efforts since its closure. Unfortunately, the School District failed to uphold an agreement made with the Federation regarding testing protocol. Thus, while the District has announced plans…

Coalition: Facilities Crisis Needs Urgent Attention

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2020 A coalition gathered at a shuttered Philadelphia school to urge the Governor to prioritize facilities funding in this year’s budget address. PHILADELPHIA–This morning, a coalition of educators, parents, elected officials and community partners joined PFT President Jerry Jordan outside of Carnell Elementary to once again call attention to…

PHILADELPHIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS AND ELECTED LEADERS ON THE DISCOVERY OF IMMINENT ASBESTOS HAZARDS AT CARNELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

December 19, 2019 PHILADELPHIA–For the second time this week, the School District discovered imminent asbestos toxins endangering the health and safety of schoolchildren and educators. The PFT was alerted this morning by the District’s environmental team of the discovery of asbestos hazards at Laura Carnell Elementary School, and PFT Health & Welfare Fund’s environmental scientist…

PFT PRESIDENT JERRY JORDAN ON THE DISTRICT’S IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER

December 17, 2019 PHILADELPHIA–“The School District of Philadelphia made the correct decision in closing FLC due to the discovery of an imminent asbestos hazard in the heating shafts. I recently toured the school to see firsthand the environmental concerns reported by our members. Following my visit, I spoke with Dr. Hite to urge immediate action.…