The agreement, which was reached roughly six months before the current contract’s expiration date, came as a surprise to many.

A tentative deal on a new teachers union contract would not alter the policy.

The timing of Jerry Jordan’s announcement precluded competition for the union presidency, critics say.

Union leaders say they reached the agreement with the district just 48 hours before the current contract was set to expire.

The teachers union has raised concerns about whether safety protocols are being followed in schools. President Jerry Jordan said he supports a “safe” reopening.

Paraprofessionals will see 10% raise immediately

The Philadelphia district and the teachers union moved closer to a contract agreement, just hours after the union’s president told members “we are on the brink of a strike vote.”