Philadelphia schools plan to bypass seniority

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced Monday that the district will impose work rules allowing principals to fill teacher vacancies in the fall without regard to seniority.

The district also asked the state Supreme Court to declare that the School Reform Commission has the power under the state takeover law to make the changes on its own, without approval of the teachers' union.

Jerry Jordan, president of the 11,000-member Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the union would file a challenge in the state's top court.

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