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Thousands Of Philly Students Still Without Permanent Teachers

Seven weeks into the school year, thousands of Philadelphia schoolchildren have yet to be assigned permanent teachers.

On top of a substitute-teaching predicament that leaves hundreds of jobs unfilled every day, the Philadelphia School District - with 190 vacancies – has created a crisis, “either through neglect or incompetence,” union president Jerry Jordan said Monday.

At Northeast High School alone, 1,815 students are affected by 11 unfilled teaching jobs and three vacancies created by long-term medical leaves, most of which were known about months ago, officials said.

Some students have no permanent teacher in four out of five of their major subjects.