State-run panel approves new Philadelphia teachers' contract

Teachers protest in Philadelphia on May 1, 2017. (WPVI)

The state-run panel that oversees the Philadelphia School District has signed off on a new contract agreement with the city's public school teachers, but not without some members expressing concern about its financial impact.


The School Reform Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of the pact, which runs through August 2020. Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers earlier approved the deal, which was reached Friday after more than four years of negotiation.

Superintendent William Hite said the deal recognizes the hard work of teachers and staff and brings stability to the district.

Commissioner Bill Green voted against approval, calling the deal "unaffordable and irresponsible" and warning that it will mean big layoffs or property tax hikes. Commissioner Farah Jimenez voted in favor, but called the district's five-year outlook "apocalyptic."
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