UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: PFT members overwhelmingly ratified a contract extension that keeps intact their 3 percent January raise. There will be no changes to their benefits.
The PFT gave the district some financial relief by letting it skip a payment to the union's health and welfare fund. More to come.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will have a special general membership meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to vote on a one-year contract extension. No word yet what concessions - if any - the contract will have. The 15,000 teachers and support staff in the union are due a 3 percent raise in January.
Leading up to the meeting, a "Rally For Teachers" was held outside district headquarters. A small group of red-clad teachers and others stood in the rain. Bilal Qayyum of Father's Day Rally Committee noted that test scores have been going up for nine years, and that something is going right. "That rightness is teachers, parents and students," Qayyum said.