With Seniority Suspended, Parents And Teachers Not Happy - New York News

With Seniority Suspended, Parents And Teachers Not Happy

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

A unanimous vote by the School Reform Commission sent a packed room of parents, teachers and community members into an uproar.

In a move to get schools open and running for September 9th, the board voted to suspend certain school codes. The most controversial decision deals with how staff is hired and placed. The plan will bring back about 1000 of the more than 3000 staff laid off. But who is brought back won't be based on seniority, but instead, on the need and the best fit.

"To use those staff who are familiar with students, the schools in their communities," says Superintendent William Hite. "It wasn't about trying to wholesale change or attack some provision in the contract; it was really about how do we manage the fewer staff that we have,"

Parents worry that their children's safety and education are being compromised because not every school will be fully staffed.

"No one in their right mind would open schools without the adequate number of school aides, without a guidance counselor for every child, without nurses," says Helen Gym, a parent. "You talk about a war on education, and you fire on the soldiers who are going to do it for you."

Teachers are angry about losing seniority and forfeiting pay increases.

"Destroying teacher seniority is removing the professional educators who have experience and shown years and years of dedication to a school district. That blames us for every possible problem," says Gail Kantor, a teacher.

Retired teacher and parent Diane Kayne agrees.

"You want to eliminate step increases for teachers. Is this good for children when you constantly make Philadelphia a second and third class place to work?"

Superintendent Hite says the changes are only to manage through the opening of school under the current situation, not to define new school practices.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

    Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:58:01 GMT
    Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is looking into "unusual activity" and that working with both banks and law enforcement.
    Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is looking into "unusual activity" and that working with both banks and law enforcement.
  • Police Warn Of Credit Card Scam Targeting South Jersey Residents

    Police Warn Of Credit Card Scam Targeting South Jersey Residents

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:53:38 GMT
    Police are warning people in South Jersey about a credit card scam. Authorities say it starts with a text message that looks odd, which tells people their bank accounts have been hacked.
    Police are warning people in South Jersey about a credit card scam. Authorities say it starts with a text message that looks odd, which tells people their bank accounts have been hacked.

  • Police: Burglars Stole Equipment Used To Teach Kids With Special Needs

    Police: Burglars Stole Equipment Used To Teach Kids With Special Needs

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:37:44 GMT
    Police say some cold-hearted crooks broke into a Philadelphia school and stole important equipment needed to teach children with special needs.
    Police say some cold-hearted crooks broke into a Philadelphia school and stole important equipment needed to teach children with special needs.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:06:51 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:23:45 GMT
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
  • Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:19:48 GMT
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices