PHILADELPHIA–“On behalf of Philadelphia’s 12,000 educators and the students we serve, we are delighted that the School District has identified critical resources to address some of the most pressing environmental issues in our schools. For years, the PFT has led the charge in organizing and strategizing around publicizing and elevating the issues experienced daily by educators and schoolchildren. It is important to recognize our collective progress.
“I was pleased to hear the District announce their commitment to providing 500 air conditioning units in 23 schools. Additionally, we have been working to secure the next phase of lead remediation efforts. This week, PFT staff members attended meetings at schools across the city that are scheduled to begin work.
“Today in City Council, the PFT testified about just some of the work we have done, and the work that remains. This year, to further our efforts, we convened the cross-government ‘Fund our Facilities’ coalition in order to highlight the need for a $170 million facilities investment. We have worked to improve collaborative efforts with the district, and we are encouraged to learn that the voices of educators and community members are not going unheard.
“Our Coalition stands strong in our fight for an additional $170 million to ensure that our schools are safe, healthy, and dry. Our schoolchildren deserve nothing less.”
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