AS TEACHERS prepare to return to Philadelphia schools with fewer resources and still without a contract, union leaders already have an eye toward November.
That's when Democrat Tom Wolf looks to defeat Republican Gov. Corbett, who trails by 30 points in a Robert Morris University poll released yesterday. The union's hope is that Wolf, a businessman who publicly supports a tax on natural-gas drillers to help fund education, would restore some of the money cut under Corbett.
"It's very big," Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said yesterday of the upcoming election, standing outside Girls High School in Olney, where the union held its first general membership meeting since last school year. "Certainly, we have a pattern, we have a history during the administration of Gov. Ed Rendell. We had a fair funding formula that the Legislature during his tenure approved and the governor implemented, and it was very, very helpful for every school district in the commonwealth, not just for Philadelphia.