Sunday, July 01, 2007

Librarians are Priority for New President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

The executive board of the 17,000-member Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) unanimously voted to fill Kirsch's post with Jerry Jordan, who had been PFT chief of staff, general vice president and Kirsch's closest confidant during numerous contract battles with the school district.

Jordan, 58, becomes the union's first African-American president.

His priorities will include working to reduce class size, eliminate split classes - combinations of two grades taught by one teacher - and provide schools with librarians and art and music programs, he said.

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