PFT President Jerry Jordan on University of Pennsylvania’s Pledge of $100M for Facilities Investment

November 17, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— In response to the University of Pennsylvania’s announcement of a $100M pledge to remediate District facilities issues, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: “This is an extraordinary day for our schoolchildren and educators. Because of University of Pennsylvania’s $100 Million pledge, students and staff will be safer and healthier…

PFT President Jerry Jordan on School District of Philadelphia’s Announcement to Remain Virtual

November 10, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— In response to the School District of Philadelphia’s announcement to remain virtual, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: “The decision to remain fully virtual for the foreseeable future will save lives. The science of COVID-19, paired with the massive ventilation and other facilities issues throughout the District, makes it…

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Trump Campaign Coming to Philadelphia

“The Trump campaign’s visit to our great city, in order to sow division, lies, and conspiracies, is the actual bad thing in Philadelphia.” November 4, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— In advance of the Trump campaign’s planned press conference in Philadelphia, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: “The current occupant of the White House has led…

PFT President Jerry Jordan on Fatal Police Shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr.

“We’re fighting for a better tomorrow for all of us. And I’m devastated that there is no tomorrow for Walter Wallace, Jr. Black Lives Matter. Yesterday, today, and always.” October 22, 2020 PHILADELPHIA— Following the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. at the hands of Philadelphia Police, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement:…

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…

Media Advisory: PFT Pres Jordan Joins AFT President Weingarten, Congressman Boyle for National Day of Action

MEDIA ADVISORY September 2, 2020 Contact: Hillary Linardopoulos HillaryL@pft.org Oriana Korin okorin@aft.org TODAY: PFT PRES JORDAN JOINS JOIN AFT PRESIDENT WEINGARTEN, CONGRESSMAN BOYLE, MAYOR KENNEY, AFTPA PRESIDENT STEINBERG, SENATOR STREET, COUNCILMEMBERS GYM AND GREEN FOR NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION   PHILADELPHIA— On Wednesday, September 2nd, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten will join…

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 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…