Philly schools open with fewer counselors and many concerns

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

And how exactly did the day go?

Ask Superintendent William Hite Jr. His answer late yesterday was: "I thought the day went well. I thought the day went very well."

Monitor social-media sites, particularly Twitter, or ask Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the answer is much different.

Jordan focused on what was missing from schools, specifically guidance counselors. "They are not frills. They are central components to school staff," he said.

Both sides, who will be negotiating today over a new PFT contract, do agree, however, that the teachers, principals, secretaries and counselors in place have done outstanding work. There just weren't enough of them.

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