It’s a frequent complaint by Washington policy types: Too little is known about local collective bargaining processes and local media don’t pay enough attention to negotations until contracts are finalized.
In Philadelphia, students are protesting in an attempt to bring attention to the contract’s effects on teacher distribution, according to this story.
The students say the district and union are not paying enough attention to equitably distributing “highly qualified,” experienced teachers across the district.
“I’ve seen students cut class and come to my classroom to avoid bad teachers,” the Philadelphia Inquirer article quotes one student as saying. “The system of teacher distribution in Philadelphia is broken.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.