Pennsylvania teachers unions agree to back state on reforms

01/13/2010 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

Pennsylvania's largest teachers union -- representing 483 of 500 districts -- is encouraging its membership to support the state's bid for up to $400 million in Race to the Top funds by agreeing to adopt education reforms such as turnaround strategies for struggling schools and tying teacher evaluations to student performance. "These funds can help provide our students with the kinds of opportunities that suburban students already enjoy," said Jerry Jordan, the president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which is also supporting the bid. "Such programs can help close the achievement gap and increase the graduation rate."

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