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Proceedings against Moffett delayed after PFT goes to federal court

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

Update: Proceedings that could lead to Hope Moffett’s dismissal are delayed until a hearing on the PFT’s request for a permanent injunction.

The District issued a statement saying:

"Today the School District of Philadelphia was served with injunction papers by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and at the request of the judge both parties agreed to participate in a hearing on this matter next week. The judge has asked the parties to maintain status quo until the hearing."

PFT President Jerry T. Jordan is in federal court now in Philadelphia seeking to halt dismissal proceedings against Audenried High School English teacher Hope Moffett.

“The suit is being filed on behalf of all PFT members to protect their right to speak freely, without fear of retaliation or intimidation by the district,” Jordan said in a statement sent to reporters.

The School District is moving to fire Moffett, saying that she endangered students by giving them tokens that they used to travel to a protest during school hours against the planned conversion of their school to a charter. School officials have denied that the swift action against her has anything to do with her outspoken opposition to the charter plan, and said they have more evidence against her than they have shared.

The PFT is seeking a temporary restraining order from a judge. In cases like this, sometimes a a judge will hear the case right away and make a ruling immediately, but that is not guaranteed.

At a hearing earlier this week, school officials indicated that the School Reform Commission would vote on the dismissal as early as Wednesday.

The injunction is being sought in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, at 601 Market Street.

The union is also planning a mass protest.

"I urge all PFT members to come out to the PFT’s Stand Up for Public Schools Rally on Monday, March 14, at 4 p.m., at 440 N. Broad St. to speak with one voice," Jordan’s statement concludes.

We will continue to update this breaking story.

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