Jerry Jordan on Emergency Closing of Anna B. Pratt

November 19, 2019

The District will close the school and relocate students and staff after the PFT’s discovery of dangerously high asbestos levels.

"The PFT is glad that the District is following our recommendation that all students and staff be moved from the Pratt Early Childhood Center until the asbestos in the building has been abated."

 

‘NOW THIS’ Covers Toxic Philly School Buildings

November 8, 2019

Now This, a news video site with millions of subscribers and followers across the nation, just released a powerful video on the toxic conditions in Philly’s public schools.

This is just the beginning of our efforts to bring national attention to this issue as we fight for an immediate $170 million investment to address safety hazards that threaten the health and safety of educators and schoolchildren.

FOF to Governor Wolf: $100 Million Needed NOW

October 21, 2019

The Fund Our Facility Coalition recently sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf urging his administration to find a way to immediately send $100 million for asbestos and lead abatement in Philly’s schools.

Jerry Jordan on District’s Handling of BFHS & SLA Building

October 8, 2019

"At today’s town halls at 440, the students, parents and school staff from Ben Franklin and SLA let the District know–loudly and clearly–that they feel disrespected and neglected. And they are absolutely right. From the management of the construction, to their handling of asbestos hazards, to their communication with school communities, the District has failed to properly address the myriad concerns raised by this utterly shambolic renovation project."

Jerry Jordan on Two-Day Closure of Ben Franklin/SLA

September 30, 2019

During tests over the weekend, the PFT Health & Welfare Fund discovered damaged asbestos materials in two areas of the school that are under construction.

PHILADELPHIA–“The PFT is glad that the District and the union agree that the asbestos levels in two areas of Ben Franklin/Science Leadership Academy make it too dangerous to allow students, staff, and the school community to enter the building at this time. The decision to close the school tomorrow and Wednesday is the correct one.