This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
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At a hearing Wednesday on the future of Philadelphia’s public schools, City Council heard again about the struggle for resources throughout the District.
Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, told Council members that there have been some terrible ideas to overcome those shortfalls, including outsourcing substitute teachers.
"This is an extremely frightening time to be an educator, a student, or a parent who relies on public education," he said.
Things aren’t perfect, said school Superintendent William Hite, but District officials are constantly working to improve the situation.