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February 28, 2024

PHILADELPHIA--The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and School District of Philadelphia are thrilled to jointly announce the settlement of a Tentative Agreement (TA) to a one-year contract extension to the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). 

The Tentative Agreement is a milestone for both the Union and the District, and it represents a significant investment in the dedicated educators and support staff that, with care and expertise, help shape future generations. Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington and PFT President Jerry Jordan have both expressed their shared goal of not just saying they value educators--but showing them.


October 26, 2023

Once again, we mourn in the aftermath of the ongoing devastation of gun violence.

In our beloved city, we mourn the killing of Bernard N. Gribbin, a SEPTA driver, whose life was stolen from him while he was doing his job. Our condolences and thoughts are with all who knew and loved him, and with the entire Transport Workers Union Local 234 community.

Further, we are horrified by another devastating mass shooting, this time in Maine. Our hearts are with all who are impacted by a tragedy that should be unspeakable but is, in fact, far too common.

We cannot continue to

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


April 16, 2024

Following Dr. Tony B. Watlington's announcement that the School District of Philadelphia will end its practice of leveling, PFT President Jerry T. Jordan issued the following statement:

PHILADELPHIA-- "The decision to eliminate leveling is a sound one and a very welcome one. It will allow both children and staff important stability at the start of the school year that will help set the trajectory for a strong year. Over the years, we have worked to mitigate the challenges set forth by the process of leveling. To know that the District recognizes and appreciates


February 26, 2024

This morning, at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, PFT President Jerry Jordan joined Senator Vincent Hughes and a coalition of labor leaders, elected officials, high school and college students, teachers and staff to sound the alarm on the teacher shortage.

President Jordan's prepared remarks are available here.

A short video of President Jordan's remarks along with several photos from the event are available here.


August 3, 2023

On the finalized Pennsylvania budget, PFT President Jerry T. Jordan issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that the budget is now law and includes additional funding for public education. The misguided push to divert public dollars into private institutions was a distraction that diverts us from our collective responsibility to truly invest in public education. Now the real work begins to once and for all implement a system of school funding that not only meets our moral obligation but also meets the constitutional obligation as set forth in the February court case ruling. It is well past time for Philadelphia’s children to have the resources that students In wealthier, whiter school districts have.