This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
After two delayed votes, the union representing Philadelphia public school principals and administrators rejected a tentative contract with the School District on Wednesday.
The refusal came by a “decisive margin,” according to Robert McGrogan, president of Teamsters Local 502 of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators (CASA).
A CASA statement released after the vote indicated that principals are unhappy with working conditions inside city schools and feel burdened by an excess of District staff.
“We have witnessed a swell of offices in central administration that has the authority to place additional demands on schools,” the statement read. “In fact, it should be the other way around. We don’t need more quasi-administrators telling us what to do and how to do it. We need more people in our schools helping us to get the work done.”
The union’s statement did not mention the financial terms of the deal, and McGrogan said dollars and cents weren’t the central concern.
“It’s not all about the money,” he said.