Why Are Philadelphia Public Schools Trying To Stop Teachers From Talking To The Press?

Why Are Philadelphia Public Schools Trying To Stop Teachers From Talking To The Press?


While schools are on the hot seat across the United States due to coronavirus lockdowns and critical race theory (CRT) leaks, Philadelphia City School District is deciding whether it will introduce what one board member calls “a gag order,” effectively forbidding its 20,000 employees from speaking to the media without district approval.

The district’s proposed policy was discussed in a November committee meeting, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. It states that “staff members shall not give school information or interviews requested by news media representatives without prior approval of the Office of Communications.”

The proposal was discussed along with 13 other topics, some of which relate to student searches, immunizations, and weapons. Staff members, who are represented by The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT),

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