PSEA - PA State Education Association

PSEA - PA State Education Association PSEA is a community of 178,000 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

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

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"The Erie School District will use federal funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) pro...
07/09/2021
United Way, Erie School District to bring community school model to 5 more buildings

"The Erie School District will use federal funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) provision of the federal, $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to pay for the community school model at five school buildings. Because American Rescue Plan funding must be used by the end of 2024, the United Way has agreed to cover the costs in the years that follow. It will use the next three years to find corporate partners and other donors."

Plan calls for Grover Cleveland, Joanna Connell, Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools and Woodrow Wilson Middle School to become community schools

"Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy in York City to highlight the $416 million increase in state e...
07/09/2021
Gov. Wolf Talks About Closing the State Funding Gap for Underfunded Schools - MyChesCo

"Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy in York City to highlight the $416 million increase in state education funding in the state budget, including the new Level Up initiative that provides $100 million for the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania."

“This is an important first step in fulfilling our commitment to schools, students, and teachers,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s a step toward calming the worries of parents hoping for a brighter future for their kids. It’s a step toward helping students chasing big dreams. And it’s a step toward supporting the teachers, administrators, and education programs our commonwealth needs.”

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf yesterday visited the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy in York City to highlight the $416 million increase in state education funding in the state …

📣 We asked, you answered...Check out more responses in the July issue of Voice, coming to PSEA members' mailboxes soon. ...
07/07/2021

📣 We asked, you answered...Check out more responses in the July issue of Voice, coming to PSEA members' mailboxes soon. 📪

#PSEAKeepingConnected

📣 We asked, you answered...Check out more responses in the July issue of Voice, coming to PSEA members' mailboxes soon. 📪

#PSEAKeepingConnected

#ICYMI"In an unexpected turn of events, none of the eight public schools in the Chester Upland School District will be t...
07/06/2021
Chester Upland School District avoids unprecedented charter takeover — for now

#ICYMI

"In an unexpected turn of events, none of the eight public schools in the Chester Upland School District will be taken over by charter operators — at least for now. Juan Baughn, the district’s court-appointed receiver, has formally rejected all three proposals submitted by charter operators in an RFP process."

"Baughn’s decision means Chester Upland avoids, for the time being, the distinction of becoming the first district in Pennsylvania to be almost completely under the control of charters."

“I’m so happy and relieved. I’ve been getting so many texts from the teachers, & they’re happy. Some were crying. This was a big load lifted off of us, bc we didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Chester Upland EA President Miguelina Grasty."

The move by receiver Juan Baughn means the district won’t, for the time being at least, become the first in Pa. almost completely under charter control.

“Students are required to come back to campus for hybrid courses, but they are not guaranteed access to computers or wi-...
07/06/2021
Sixty days is not enough to address unanswered questions in PASSHE consolidation plan | Opinion

“Students are required to come back to campus for hybrid courses, but they are not guaranteed access to computers or wi-fi locations to connect to online courses – creating a severe equity issue that the consolidation plan fails to address,” writes Todd Spaulding, president of the State College & University Professional Association (SCUPA)."

“Many students are reliant on local public transportation to get to their classes. How will the plan enable them to travel to another campus for required classes?"

“Furthermore, this plan will expand online instruction, contradicting the opinion of a majority of Pennsylvanians who believe our schools should be returning to in-person instruction, not increasing online instruction.”

The Board of Governors should delay a final decision until there is sufficient information to determine the impact of consolidation.

"The receiver who oversees the Chester Upland School District has rejected three bids by charter operators seeking to ta...
07/01/2021
Charter takeover rejected in Chester Upland — for now

"The receiver who oversees the Chester Upland School District has rejected three bids by charter operators seeking to take over its schools — a prospect that was pitched as a solution to the struggling district’s financial woes, but opposed by community members who feared the dismantling of their school system."

"After a months-long review process conducted mostly in private, Juan Baughn announced Tuesday night that he had decided against accepting any of the charter proposals."

A takeover apparently would have marked the first time in Pennsylvania that district schools would be outsourced to charters as part of a court-ordered financial recovery plan.

"The Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said it was pleased Wolf and the GOP-...
06/30/2021
'We're still in the game.' Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf praises $40.8B budget for education investments | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

"The Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said it was pleased Wolf and the GOP-controlled Legislature prioritized education as part of the budget."

"Pennsylvania’s public schools have faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and educators have worked extremely hard to keep students on track with their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic," Chris Lilienthal, a PSEA spokesperson, told the Capital-Star."

“We’re still in the game,” he said. “We still have the ball, but I don’t think anybody — including me — has said that this is where we want to be. It’s a step.”

Pennsylvania's 2021-22 state budget makes significant increases in public education funding.#PABudget
06/29/2021

Pennsylvania's 2021-22 state budget makes significant increases in public education funding.

#PABudget

Pennsylvania's 2021-22 state budget makes significant increases in public education funding.

#PABudget

“This budget makes a historic investment in education so our students get the knowledge and skills they deserve,” Wolf s...
06/28/2021
Pennsylvania lawmakers pass $40.8 billion state budget; Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll sign it

“This budget makes a historic investment in education so our students get the knowledge and skills they deserve,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvania provides almost $2 billion more a year for education than when I took office. Students now have access to better technology, resources and opportunities and we are providing more help to distressed school districts.”

The spending plan for 2021-22 is expected to be signed by the governor next week.

"The spending plan increases spending on K-12 public education by $300 million — with $100 million earmarked for the sta...
06/25/2021
$40B Pa. budget revealed in Harrisburg; saves $5B in federal aid for future | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

"The spending plan increases spending on K-12 public education by $300 million — with $100 million earmarked for the state’s 100 poorest school districts, according to GOP leadership — plus $30 million in new pre-K funding, and $50 million in new special education funding."

Republican leaders indicated that Wolf has agreed to the proposal. A spokesperson for Wolf did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

PSEA members are education experts — and they have important insights into how school districts should use #AmericanResc...
06/24/2021

PSEA members are education experts — and they have important insights into how school districts should use #AmericanRescuePlan resources to help students recover from this pandemic.

We need to listen to our educators!

Learn more ⤵️
http://psea.org/arp

PSEA members are education experts — and they have important insights into how school districts should use #AmericanRescuePlan resources to help students recover from this pandemic.

We need to listen to our educators!

Learn more ⤵️
http://psea.org/arp

"State lawmakers are still hashing out the final details of the next state budget, which is due by the end of the month....
06/24/2021
State budget deal inches closer to the finish line | WITF

"State lawmakers are still hashing out the final details of the next state budget, which is due by the end of the month. But an agreement on the spending plan could be reached in the coming days."

"Republican Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (Westmoreland) said during an interview with a Harrisburg TV station Wednesday morning that a deal could be closed by 'the end of the week.' When asked to elaborate, she pointed to a likely end date of Friday or Saturday."

As the details of the next annual spending plan are hammered out, education funding may be both a sticking point and a tool for aggrieved lawmakers.

"Legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania state Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Pat Browne to help students who are homeles...
06/24/2021
Senate passes legislation to help children experiencing homelessness or in foster care to graduate high school

"Legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania state Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Pat Browne to help students who are homeless or in foster care graduate high school was unanimously approved recently in the Senate."

"Senate Bill 324, the Fostering Graduation Success for Vulnerable Students legislation, would remove roadblocks for impacted children by designating a point person to review past transcripts and provide the support needed to aid student graduation."

"Students experiencing homelessness or in foster care experience additional challenges due to changing schools prior to graduation or attending multiple schools in one year. Some schools may not honor credits earned at a different institution."

(The Center Square) – Legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania state Sens. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Pat Browne to help students who are homeless or in foster care graduate high school was

06/23/2021

Congrats, Secretary Ortega!

"Legislation requiring public schools to adopt multi-year strategies for spending federal aid to address the need for pa...
06/23/2021
Legislation requiring Pa. public schools to adopt multi-year strategies passes House committee

"Legislation requiring public schools to adopt multi-year strategies for spending federal aid to address the need for pandemic-spurred remedial education was approved Tuesday by the State House Education Committee."

"The committee voted 22-3 to approve the measure, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, which seeks to set minimum statewide standards for spending $1 billion to address “learning loss” among students either attending classes remotely or part-time in a school since March 2020, when Gov. Tom Wolf declared a COVID-19 emergency in Pennsylvania."

"The committee also unanimously approved legislation sponsored by chairman Curt Sonney, R-Erie, that would allow another academic year to special education students aging out of education, allowing schools to use federal and state dollars to cover that cost."

HARRISBURG — Legislation requiring public schools to adopt multi-year strategies for spending federal aid to address the need for pandemic-spurred...

06/22/2021
PSEA VP Aaron Chapin on PA Newsmakers discussing in-person and remote learning

#ICYMI: PSEA VP Aaron Chapin on PA Newsmakers discussing in-person and remote learning.

Our educators & support staff "often tell us this was one of the hardest & toughest years. There have been a lot who also said, as they see kids come back to the classroom, it's been an absolute joy and thrill to see them after all this time."

"Pennsylvania lawmakers say they are determined not to let history repeat itself as they work to put the 2021-22 state b...
06/21/2021
Save it or spend it? Flush with money, Pa.’s state budgeteers wrestle with this rare dilemma

"Pennsylvania lawmakers say they are determined not to let history repeat itself as they work to put the 2021-22 state budget to bed."

"The budget, which carries the funding for everything from operations at state parks and keeping highways passable during winter storms to running state prisons and monitoring air and water quality, could be presented to state House and Senate members as early as this week, as all sides work against a July 1 start to the new fiscal year."

"What’s different this year is there is a lot more revenue to work with."

"But leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly are making clear in budget talks, multiple sources have said, that they have no interest in using the $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding the state Treasury received this spring to pay for recurring expenses that will still be there long after the federal money is gone."

Pennsylvania is running a surplus this year, plus it got $7.3 billion from the American Rescue Plan. This year's budget talks have been dominated by how to best use this money pile.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Orders, No. 3, proclaiming freedom for the last remaining ...
06/19/2021

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Orders, No. 3, proclaiming freedom for the last remaining people who were enslaved in the United States.

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth. Known also as “Freedom Day,” “Jubilee Day,” “Liberation Day” and “Emancipation Day,” Juneteenth is an opportunity for all Americans to honor and celebrate African-American heritage.

PSEA is proud to join people across the nation to celebrate Juneteenth.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Orders, No. 3, proclaiming freedom for the last remaining people who were enslaved in the United States.

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth. Known also as “Freedom Day,” “Jubilee Day,” “Liberation Day” and “Emancipation Day,” Juneteenth is an opportunity for all Americans to honor and celebrate African-American heritage.

PSEA is proud to join people across the nation to celebrate Juneteenth.

As you take time this summer to recover and recharge — and after this past school year, we all need it more than ever — ...
06/18/2021

As you take time this summer to recover and recharge — and after this past school year, we all need it more than ever — what are you doing to make yourself happy, to grow as a person or to just make the most of your summer?

As you take time this summer to recover and recharge — and after this past school year, we all need it more than ever — what are you doing to make yourself happy, to grow as a person or to just make the most of your summer?

“We should be focusing on student mental health. There are a lot of students who have experienced trauma due to the past...
06/18/2021

“We should be focusing on student mental health. There are a lot of students who have experienced trauma due to the past 16 months, and we need schools to add school psychologists, counselors, school nurses. … We have to address our students’ mental health in order for them to excel as they return to in-classroom learning.”

PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joins Terry Madonna on this weekend’s PA Newsmakers to discuss how schools should invest unprecedented funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Watch online when the episode posts today ⤵️

www.newsmakerstv.com

“We should be focusing on student mental health. There are a lot of students who have experienced trauma due to the past 16 months, and we need schools to add school psychologists, counselors, school nurses. … We have to address our students’ mental health in order for them to excel as they return to in-classroom learning.”

PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joins Terry Madonna on this weekend’s PA Newsmakers to discuss how schools should invest unprecedented funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Watch online when the episode posts today ⤵️

www.newsmakerstv.com

The Education Department said on Wednesday that transgender students were protected under Title IX, a law that prohibits...
06/17/2021
Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says

The Education Department said on Wednesday that transgender students were protected under Title IX, a law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded schools, reversing a Trump-era policy that effectively had said the opposite.

“We just want to double down on our expectations,” Miguel A. Cardona, the education secretary, said in an interview. “Students cannot be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.”

The department said that discrimination against transgender students was prohibited under the law, a reversal of its Trump-era position.

Today PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joined Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, lawmakers, union leaders and advocates to call for...
06/16/2021

Today PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joined Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, lawmakers, union leaders and advocates to call for investing state and American Rescue Plan funds into improving school buildings and cleaning up environmental hazards that threaten the health and safety of students and educators.

"By marshalling emergency federal COVID funds, we can take the steps right now to clean up mold, lead, asbestos, and other contaminants in school buildings," Chapin said. "Districts can modernize their outdated HVAC and ventilation systems. We can bring our school buildings into the 21st century and create safer environments for teaching and learning.

"Every child deserves to go to school in a building that is healthy and safe. Every educator and support professional deserves a working environment that is free of toxic threats."

Today PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joined Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, lawmakers, union leaders and advocates to call for investing state and American Rescue Plan funds into improving school buildings and cleaning up environmental hazards that threaten the health and safety of students and educators.

"By marshalling emergency federal COVID funds, we can take the steps right now to clean up mold, lead, asbestos, and other contaminants in school buildings," Chapin said. "Districts can modernize their outdated HVAC and ventilation systems. We can bring our school buildings into the 21st century and create safer environments for teaching and learning.

"Every child deserves to go to school in a building that is healthy and safe. Every educator and support professional deserves a working environment that is free of toxic threats."

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The Pa Health Department recently announced the phased release of the vaccine, and educators have not been included in the first phase of vaccinations. I have not seen a single elected official who was endorsed by the PSEA speak publicly on this issue, in support of educators. Why are we allowing candidates we supported with our social currency, our money and our votes to hide from this issue. We should be holding our endorsed candidates accountable. Whether they have the power of office to affect the needed change or not, ever PSEA endorsed candidate should be publicly advocating for teachers to receive the vaccine.
If I take unpaid sick days, am I still entitled to receive holiday pay since I am still a school employee?
Please work to save our pension from the likes of Blackstone. Pennsylvania’s state pension fund, for instance, has paid more than $300 million of investment fees to Schwarzman’s firm. He has returned the favor by bankrolling the campaigns of the Republican politicians who have been trying to invalidate Pennsylvania’s election and potentially throw out the votes of the same workers whose savings have enriched Blackstone.
When will you do the right thing for your students and reverse your recommendation to the counties? As a Montco resident who is watching my kids mental health decline, I cannot understand, how you and your association, can in good conscience, ignore the actual science, not the ones you want to cherry-pick, and force virtual, which has been an absolute disaster. The kids aren't learning and that's what you're supposed to be leading. You need to address this publicly. Parents deserve to hear from you why their kids don't deserve the education that by law, they are entitled to.
we should put the children first, they need to be in school, period end of story
Hey PSEA - Even your teachers in most of Montco don't want to go virtual. You don't care about our kids. Parents are organizing and we're done with you sacrificing our kids for your union politics.
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.