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PFT President Jerry Jordan joined educators, students, elected officials, community leaders to call for education equity. The event, convented by State Senator Vincent Hughes, was held outside Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, one day after the anniversary of King's assassination. Senator Hughes pointed to this as a reminder that we must recommit to ensuring education equity for our young people. Read Jerry Jordan's remarks from the event:


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"Our city is about to receive an unprecedented amount of money to meet an unprecedented need, and we must act collectively and intelligently to ensure we use this stimulus money in a way that will have the greatest lasting impact on our children’s future." Read Sharahn's Remarks:


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Read Jerry's remarks:


At a time when remote learning continues for the majority of our students, this hearing is a timely and important opportunity to share some of our insight into virtual learning and the challenges our students and educators have faced throughout the pandemic.

Read our remarks:

PHILADELPHIA—"We continue to emphasize the importance of an ongoing, trackable database of positive COVID-19 cases in buildings, and have made this ask of the District. The temporary closure of Gideon Elementary's building is the right decision because it will help stop the spread of this virus--but it is very troubling. This is the second closure of a school building in just a few short weeks." MORE

The American Rescue Plan is a critical lifeline which will have huge, longlasting impacts. Learn more about its impacts for the country, for PA, and for the School District (over $1B) below, and complete this survey to let us know how you think the funding should be spent.

Federal Overview

Read more about the federal overview here.

Pennsylvania Specific Funding

Download PA's Factsheet right here.

How will the ARP impact the School District of Philadelphia?

The School District is slated to receive over one BILLION in one time funding. This huge influx of funding should incorporate community input