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When will teachers see the contract?

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will make the contract changes available to its members at 5:30 pm (UPDATE: The contract was made available earlier in the day.) Thursday, 90 minutes before the scheduled ratification meeting and vote at the Liacouras Center Thursday night.

PFT spokeswoman Barbara Goodman said that the changes are still being printed, which is one reason why they will not be released earlier.

Several teachers have commented on blogs and been quoted as feeling that they will not have enough time to digest the new contract before being asked to vote on it. The PFT has long said it wanted its members to see the contract before reading about it in the media, but the fear of leaks has another ramification: little time for most of the rank-and-file to prepare for an informed vote.

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