Philadelphia Teacher Crowdfunds Billboard to Call Out District, Mayor Jim Kenney - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Teacher Crowdfunds Billboard to Call Out District, Mayor Jim Kenney

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    A Philadelphia teacher who waited five years for a raise paid for a billboard that criticizes the city and school district. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas has the story and response. (Published Thursday, March 2, 2017)

    A Philadelphia teacher has put up a billboard criticizing city and school district officials.

    George Bezanis, a Central High School teacher, crowdfunded more than $5,000 to erect the ad on Monday. The billboard flanks Interstate 95 in Northern Liberties and reads "Welcome to Philadelphia, where we don't value our public school children."

    The ad says teachers have gone more than five years without a raise. A photo of Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney is featured prominently on the billboard along with an image of superintendent William Hite Jr. and a School Reform Commissioner Bill Green.

    Bezanis says that Philadelphia public schools are underfunded and teachers need fair contracts.

    A district spokesman says it will try to work out a contract that puts students first. Top News: Georgia Dome Implosion Top News: Georgia Dome Implosion