PSEA - PA State Education Association

PSEA - PA State Education Association PSEA is a community of 180,000 education professionals who make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvania’s students every day. PSEA advocates for all members and strong, effective public schools.
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Achieving these goals delivers a great education for each student and benefits society as a whole. PSEA is its members: 180,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. We represent the labor, policy, and professional interests of all members. PSEA bargains compensation and benefits, protects members’ rights, and advocates for their professions. PSEA members share a common purpose, vision, values and goals. We advocate for public education, children, and our members’ professions, whether they are teachers, maintenance employees, nurses, retirees, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides, school psychologists or librarians.

Mission: To advocate for quality public education and our members through collective action.

Operating as usual

“We are sort of at the collapse of these plans” for school reopenings, said David Rubin, director of the CHOP PolicyLab,...
11/12/2020
CHOP lab recommends Philly-area schools close amid coronavirus surge. Some say they’re staying put.

“We are sort of at the collapse of these plans” for school reopenings, said David Rubin, director of the CHOP PolicyLab, adding, “We are in a catastrophic situation in the Philadelphia region.”

There is “increasing evidence” of transmission in schools around the area — and possibly more than is known as contact tracing efforts falter, said David Rubin, director of the CHOP PolicyLab.

"Under Trump, the Education Department has been led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, who alienated many by casting public schoo...
11/10/2020
With DeVos out, Biden plans series of reversals on education

"Under Trump, the Education Department has been led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, who alienated many by casting public schools as failures and promoting alternatives to them. Through executive action and negotiations with Congress, Biden wants to bolster public schools."

"He has promised hundreds of billions of dollars in new education spending, for preschool through college. He has proposed college debt forgiveness. And he wants to overturn a controversial regulation on sexual harassment and assault that universities and others strongly opposed."

The first task will be addressing schools’ needs in the pandemic.

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11/09/2020

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🚨PSEA members: #AmericanEducationWeek is coming up Nov. 16-20, and PSEA is putting together a video showcasing your grea...
10/29/2020

🚨PSEA members: #AmericanEducationWeek is coming up Nov. 16-20, and PSEA is putting together a video showcasing your great work during these trying times.

Whether you are in-person, hybrid, or remote, show us what the school day looks like for you by sending us a private message with pics or videos. 📧

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10/29/2020

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10/28/2020

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10/27/2020

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“The department launched Future Ready PA in 2018 as a tool to provide families, educators, employers, and communities wi...
10/26/2020
Measure school success beyond standardized testing

“The department launched Future Ready PA in 2018 as a tool to provide families, educators, employers, and communities with a more comprehensive look at how Pennsylvania schools are preparing students,” said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega.

“Success is measured by more than standardized tests. The index shows how all students, including historically underserved groups, are progressing in their education and learning the skills to be productive citizens of the Commonwealth,” Ortega added.

Harrisburg, Pa. – Success is measured by more than standardized tests. The Future Ready PA index shows how students are progressing in their education.

"In a conference call scheduled for Monday, state regulators will talk with the superintendents of Westmoreland County’s...
10/26/2020
State regulators poised to recommend shift to online classes for Westmoreland County public schools

"In a conference call scheduled for Monday, state regulators will talk with the superintendents of Westmoreland County’s 17 school districts about a government recommendation that they close schools in the 1,036-square-mile county east of Pittsburgh and move to online instruction because of rising COVID-19 case counts."

In a conference call scheduled for Monday, state regulators will talk with the superintendents of Westmoreland County’s 17 school districts about...

📣 What inspires you to vote?Let us know! 👇 #PSEAsoapbox
10/26/2020

📣 What inspires you to vote?
Let us know! 👇

#PSEAsoapbox

There is a proposal in Harrisburg to divert $500 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to a new private and religio...
10/22/2020
Families rally on Capitol steps in support of education stimulus bill

There is a proposal in Harrisburg to divert $500 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to a new private and religious school voucher program. This is the last thing that Pennsylvania should be using COVID-19 relief money to fund.

PSEA’s Chris Lilienthal commented to ABC 27 on the proposal saying, “We need to be looking at real solutions that will help our public schools that educate 95% of Pennsylvania students, as well as other schools out there in Pennsylvania.”

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM)- Two state lawmakers introduced legislation that would give a portion of unspent Federal CARES Act money to families to offset COVID-19 schooling costs. The bill, also known …

"The General Assembly ended its fall legislative session on Wednesday without an agreement on how to spend $1.3 billion ...
10/22/2020
State still sitting on $1.3 billion in stimulus cash

"The General Assembly ended its fall legislative session on Wednesday without an agreement on how to spend $1.3 billion in leftover federal stimulus funding."

"Lawmakers will need to return to the Capitol after the Nov. 3 election to figure out how to close out the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2021. Faced with the uncertainty created by the pandemic, the General Assembly in May passed a five-month budget. That May spending plan allocated $2.6 billion in funding from the CARES Act but lawmakers set aside the $1.3 billion to see if they could get a clearer view of the pandemic’s impact and whether the federal government will provide more aid."

"Lawmakers have until the end of November to determine how to divvy up the remaining stimulus funding."

HARRISBURG – The General Assembly ended its fall legislative session on Wednesday without an agreement on how to spend $1.3 billion in leftover federal stimulus funding.

"In 2015, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos declared that “government really sucks” — and after serving nearly four years...
10/22/2020
Analysis | In a steely anti-government polemic, Betsy DeVos says America’s public schools are designed to replace home and family

"In 2015, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos declared that “government really sucks” — and after serving nearly four years as U.S. education secretary, she has not tempered that view one iota. She gave a speech this week at a Christian college disparaging the U.S. public education system, saying it is set up to replace the home and family."

Appearing at a Christian college, she also said what she will do if she gets a second term as education secretary.

10/22/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

#DYK: It's National School Bus Safety Week! 🚌

It's National School Bus Safety Week! 🚌 Do your part to help keep children safe in Pennsylvania. Pay extra attention when you're driving near a school or bus stop. #BeSafePA #NSBSW

"With all the chaos surrounding us, I have never been more proud to be an educator. I talked to a teacher who called her...
10/21/2020

"With all the chaos surrounding us, I have never been more proud to be an educator. I talked to a teacher who called her student after hours and gave a full lesson because that was the only time the child could use her parents’ computer. A bus driver bringing hot spots to neighborhoods without Wi-Fi so that students can learn. So many cafeteria workers and support staff who box up and deliver meals so kids don’t go hungry."

- Dr. Jill Biden, addressing PSEA's Collective Bargaining Conference - Oct. 17, 2020

10/21/2020
“PSEA’s Center for Professional Learning has so many fun ways to earn Act 48 credits. What’s not to like? Would I recommend PSEA’s professional learning sessions to other educators? That’s an enthusiastic YES.” #PSEAProLearning #PSEAProud

“PSEA’s Center for Professional Learning has so many fun ways to earn Act 48 credits. What’s not to like? Would I recommend PSEA’s professional learning sessions to other educators? That’s an enthusiastic YES.” #PSEAProLearning #PSEAProud

PSEA member, Diane Wilkin, who recently retired as an art teacher for the Bristol Township School District after 24 year...
10/20/2020
Retired Bristol Township art teacher named "Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year"

PSEA member, Diane Wilkin, who recently retired as an art teacher for the Bristol Township School District after 24 years of service, was named Pennsylvania’s “Outstanding Art Educator of the Year,” in an online ceremony Friday night sponsored by the PAEA Pennsylvania Art Education Association. 👏🏆

“It’s a pleasure and you appreciate being acknowledged,” she said about the honor.

Township schools recognize the importance of the arts, Diane Wilkin says.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and Attorney General Josh Shapiro h...
10/20/2020
Pennsylvania Leaders Warn Of Potential Dangers Related To Online Learning

"The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a virtual press conference on Monday, reminding parents there are more than math problems behind the computer screen."

“The internet can be a tremendous educational tool. And the pandemic has presented hundreds of thousands of young Pennsylvanians with opportunities to engage with teachers, friends, and families and have access to instruction,” said Teresa Miller, the secretary of the DHS.

"With record numbers of children logging online, leaders encourage parents to keep a close watch."

State leaders are warning about the potential dangers involving online learning.

Not registered to vote yet? Today is the day! ✅
10/19/2020

Not registered to vote yet? Today is the day! ✅

Today is the last day to register to vote or update your information for the November 3 general election. Those applying online have until 11:59 pm: register.votesPA.com #votesPA #ReadyToVotePA

"Young people in schools across the Valley are not only dealing with the usual pressures of school, but are also managin...
10/19/2020
Valley students balance anxiety, learning during pandemic

"Young people in schools across the Valley are not only dealing with the usual pressures of school, but are also managing stress of the pandemic and the restrictions that come with it."

“We run groups with sixth grade to talk about stress management, emotion control,” said Snyder. “We talk about anger sadness, fear, disgust with things. We tie in stress management to help deal with all the things going on: school stress, stress at home, stress outside the home in the community. Especially now, with the pandemic going on, there’s a lot of stress with coming back to school, wondering what will happen, will school continue to be open, what exactly will go on.”

Students in Line Mountain School District say the stress of school in the time of COVID-19 has manifested in different ways from fear of the unknown to physical reactions.

What inspires you to #vote?#getoutthevote
10/16/2020

What inspires you to #vote?

#getoutthevote

"With our schools in crisis, we need additional federal and state funding more than ever...We know our kids are facing a...
10/15/2020
Guest commentary: Schools need funding boost more than ever [Opinion]

"With our schools in crisis, we need additional federal and state funding more than ever...We know our kids are facing a challenge. We need to provide our schools with enough resources to help them."

"In the short term, Congress needs to step up and do its part. Funding through the CARES Act this spring provided some aid to districts as they pivoted to distance learning. But the U.S. Senate, in particular, is dragging its feet on providing much-needed additional funding to schools in order to help them deal with lost revenue and increased costs as they strive to keep students on track, let alone improve their outcomes."

"For years, some Pennsylvania lawmakers have enacted state funding decisions and policies that erode funding from the districts that need it most. By not providing adequate funding to our schools, they’ve only widened the difference between students who live in areas where local taxpayers can "afford" — and I’m using the term loosely — to pick up the slack for the state lawmakers who left their local communities holding the bag."

State, federal help needed to ensure sound education.

#ICYMI: It's National School Lunch Week! 🥪🧃🍎For more info 👇https://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/Events/NSLW/2020/
10/15/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Education

#ICYMI: It's National School Lunch Week! 🥪🧃🍎

For more info 👇https://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/Events/NSLW/2020/

🥪 The National School Lunch Program helps hundreds of schools across Pennsylvania provide millions of free or reduced-price meals.

Visit our website: education.pa.gov/NSLP or contact your child’s school to learn more about this program + access eligibility and application info.

What's your story?With so much negativity swirling around during this pandemic, it’s nice to hear about positive things ...
10/14/2020

What's your story?

With so much negativity swirling around during this pandemic, it’s nice to hear about positive things happening in our community. We recently asked on social media for positive feedback about your jobs, and the responses were inspiring. Here's one.

#KeepingConnected

"We're kind of juggling two sets of student needs," Blum said. "We have the COVID side of things, and we have the normal...
10/14/2020
School nurses find themselves on the front lines of COVID-19 fight

"We're kind of juggling two sets of student needs," Blum said. "We have the COVID side of things, and we have the normal, everyday routine care."

Blum — who works with students at Mount Wolf, York Haven and Conewago elementary schools — said school nurses are grappling with significant increases in responsibilities, as schools and communities struggle to keep COVID-19 at bay.

This past week, daily infections rates in Pennsylvania repeatedly surpassed levels not seen since the virus' initial peak this spring.

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This is my 5th year teaching in PA. I am curious why in PA when changing school districts teachers must start at step one on the pay scale for their new school. Is this state wide? When I changed schools in Virginia I started at the step from my previous school. I feel like this limits PA schools from getting seasoned teachers as well as makes PA teachers feel like they must stay in a school system. How can we change this?
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Did new guidelines come out regarding Paras going into the student's home?
AFT American Federation of Teachers Endorses fellow Teacher Lauren Lareau.
Teacher Lauren Lareau. #142 Fighting for You!!
PSEA SHOULD have Endorsed Democrat Teacher Lauren Lareau. AFT Endorsed her. A Teacher fighting for Teachers, Education and kids. Where is your thinking.
A great recognition of the commitment Rudy Burruss, NEA Director, and ESP member at State College, has to educating students!!! He has been humble about his past, but now it's out there! Great Job Rudy!
This may be of interest to teachers. Thank you for all that you do for our kids.
For all you teachers and students... from the "King and I" "Getting to Know You" on Zoom. Hope this brings a smile. https://www.facebook.com/653749486/videos/10158662758429487/
For all teachers and students... from the "King and I" "Getting to Know You" on Zoom. Hope this brings a smile. https://www.facebook.com/653749486/videos/10158662758429487/
PSEA.org has been down for the last two days. Just FYI