Kate Childs Graham
WASHINGTON—Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on yesterday’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision denying the School District of Philadelphia’s request to impose changes to district employees’ contract.
“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and his state-controlled School Reform Commission have tried to scapegoat Philadelphia teachers and their union all year, in an effort to divert attention from the fact Philadelphia’s schools are so desperately underfunded. To add insult to injury, the School Reform Commission tried to silence teacher’s voices by asking the state Supreme Court to let it impose new work rules rather than bargain—even though the previous SRC has bargained successfully several times. Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court said that the School Reform Commission was wrong. Teachers have been the glue holding Philadelphia’s schools together, and they deserve a voice. Maybe now the School Reform Commission will actually bargain in good faith with its educators and help find solutions so that all kids get the high-quality public education they deserve.”