Teachers in Philadelphia are working on an expired contract that has been pushed deeply by the current administration. Luckily, recent arbitration and court rulings have been in their favor (notably: Non-teaching assistants winning back pay and the State Court limiting the School Reform Commission's power). But to think at this point that a long-term position is a viable option by teaching in Philadelphia is a hard sell. A private firm that was hired to fill substitute positions was not even able to decrease vacancy rates at all and is being dismissed.
I hope the leadership of Philadelphia schools takes a hard look at the path they are on and starts asking teachers not to refer newbies to a district being chopped up by pro-charter interests, but to help rebuild what is currently there.