Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Officially Endorses Jim Kenney for Mayor
PHILADELPHIA—Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan was joined today by former City Councilman Jim Kenney and teachers and staff from John B. Kelly School for a press conference to announce the union’s endorsement of Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia.
“We need a mayor who will not only fight for better schools, but safer neighborhoods and better job opportunities for all Philadelphia citizens,” said Jordan, “We believe that Jim Kenney has the right combination of energy, passion and experience to help our city realize its full potential.”
To arrive at the endorsement, the PFT held a citywide referendum where educators at every public school cast ballots for their candidate of choice. PFT members selected Jim Kenney by a three to one margin.
“Today’s announcement is not just political theater. This endorsement comes directly from Philadelphia’s educators.” said Jordan.
Steve Flemming, a 3rd grade teacher at John B. Kelly, spoke about why educators at his school and others chose Kenney to be their candidate.
“Out of all the candidates, Jim Kenney has the best understanding of what we experience every day in our schools,” said Flemming, “All of the candidates talk about how important we are, but Kenney focuses a lot of energy on how to give us what we need in the classroom to be the best teachers we can be.”
Kenney said that he was “humbled” by the PFT’s endorsement and the support of Philadelphia educators: “Our city's educators are on the front lines every day, working tirelessly to ensure our children are getting the education they need despite continuing cuts, “ he said, “As Mayor, I will fight to get teachers the funding they need and the respect they deserve. We must empower our teachers to be pillars of their community if we want to create a city where every child and every neighborhood has a shot at success."
Jordan noted that the PFT’s endorsement “is not just a commitment to helping Jim Kenney get elected, but to supporting his efforts as Mayor to improve public education so that today’s schoolchildren become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.”
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