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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"Safety has been a priority for our organization since the pandemic started, and we have been urging our members as well...
09/01/2021

"Safety has been a priority for our organization since the pandemic started, and we have been urging our members as well as school districts to follow the CDC guidelines ... The science and data is clear that masks are part of [preventing] the spread of COVID-19."

Watch PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin talk about the challenges of keeping safe in-person instruction going all year in Pennsylvania's K-12 public schools.

https://www.wlvt.org/television/community-conversation/

"Safety has been a priority for our organization since the pandemic started, and we have been urging our members as well as school districts to follow the CDC guidelines ... The science and data is clear that masks are part of [preventing] the spread of COVID-19."

Watch PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin talk about the challenges of keeping safe in-person instruction going all year in Pennsylvania's K-12 public schools.

https://www.wlvt.org/television/community-conversation/

"PSERS, which manages a $70 billion investment fund that provides retirement security for more than 500,000 active and r...
09/01/2021
PSERS doesn’t deserve the bad rap | Opinion

"PSERS, which manages a $70 billion investment fund that provides retirement security for more than 500,000 active and retired educators in Pennsylvania, has found itself in the spotlight lately for underperforming its targets. Yet on Aug. 4, PSERS announced one of its biggest investment returns in the last 50 years, a whopping 25% return that generated $12 billion. It is the highest in the last 26 years."

With a diverse and conservative investment portfolio PSERS has grown their assets from $43 billion in 2009 to more than $70 billion in 2021.

“It’s crucial for students and staff to wear masks in school. This is a necessary step to keep our students and teachers...
09/01/2021
Pennsylvania mandates masks in K-12 schools, day cares

“It’s crucial for students and staff to wear masks in school. This is a necessary step to keep our students and teachers safe and in the classroom, where they all need to be and where we want them all to be,” Wolf said at a news conference.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Masks will be required in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, as well as child care facilities, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday, reversing course amid a statewide COVID-19 resurgence that is filling hospital beds and infecting more young people just as students retu...

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an order requiring all students, sta...
08/31/2021

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an order requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in K-12 school buildings, beginning on Sept 7.

Read PSEA's statement about it here 👉 https://www.psea.org/issues-action/key-issues/key-issue-school-safety/covid-19/keeping-connected-newsletter/week-of-8.30.21---gov.-mask-order/

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an order requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in K-12 school buildings, beginning on Sept 7.

Read PSEA's statement about it here 👉 https://www.psea.org/issues-action/key-issues/key-issue-school-safety/covid-19/keeping-connected-newsletter/week-of-8.30.21---gov.-mask-order/

08/30/2021
Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school, PSEA! We are so grateful for everything you have been doing to keep yourselves and your students safe and healthy. And we can't wait to hear about all the amazing things you and your students accomplish this year! 🤩

Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to Pennsylvania Newsmakers to see Rich's chat with Terry Madonna. They'...
08/27/2021

Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to Pennsylvania Newsmakers to see Rich's chat with Terry Madonna. They'll discuss back-to-school plans and the challenges teachers face as the new school year begins.

Sneak peek: https://www.newsmakerstv.com/shows/masks-and-vaccines-in-schools-and-financial-education.html

Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to Pennsylvania Newsmakers to see Rich's chat with Terry Madonna. They'll discuss back-to-school plans and the challenges teachers face as the new school year begins.

Sneak peek: https://www.newsmakerstv.com/shows/masks-and-vaccines-in-schools-and-financial-education.html

“We want schools to be open all year round,” said PSEA President Rich Askey. “We don’t want times when children have to ...
08/26/2021
Gov. Wolf’s request to mandate masks in school facing Republican roadblock

“We want schools to be open all year round,” said PSEA President Rich Askey. “We don’t want times when children have to be quarantined and their learning stops. They have suffered long enough with this pandemic. It is time for us to be responsible adults and do what’s right for our children.”

Governor Wolf wants masking to be mandatory in Pennsylvania schools. That can’t happen without the support of the Republican-controlled legislature. On Wednesday he sent a letter to state Rep…

As PA heads #BackToSchool, we are sharing photos of PSEA members' decorated classrooms ready for students to arrive. Tod...
08/26/2021

As PA heads #BackToSchool, we are sharing photos of PSEA members' decorated classrooms ready for students to arrive. Today, we're sharing the experience as students enter Steve Fegely's middle school art classroom in Boyertown School District.

Send your #classroomsetup pics to [email protected]

As PA heads #BackToSchool, we are sharing photos of PSEA members' decorated classrooms ready for students to arrive. Today, we're sharing the experience as students enter Steve Fegely's middle school art classroom in Boyertown School District.

Send your #classroomsetup pics to [email protected]

To help parents and students better understand the issues and the risks involved in returning to the classroom, PennLive...
08/26/2021
Educators, parents and mental health experts battle anger, anxiety and stress as kids head back to school | Social Views

To help parents and students better understand the issues and the risks involved in returning to the classroom, PennLive will co-host with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg a “Back to School” webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, featuring educators as well as parents and experts in mental and emotional wellness.

This diverse panel of speakers, including PSEA President Rich Askey, will provide information about the rules schools are adopting to try to keep students, teachers and parents safe as cases of COVID-19 mount, and they will offer practical guidance on what parents and children can do to control their anxiety and their anger.

Kids going back to school have to cope with the anger and anxiety of their parents.

"It boils down to this: Universal masking is the only way to safeguard in-person learning five days a week with minimal ...
08/25/2021
Masks in school and the greater good

"It boils down to this: Universal masking is the only way to safeguard in-person learning five days a week with minimal quarantine-based disruptions," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in a recent editorial."

We agree completely. It's time for school districts to put universal masking policies in place to keep everyone in our schools safe. We want to start the school year in person, continue in person, and finish the year in person.

How is it that a commonsense health protocol — the wearing of a mask — has become a figurative hill to die on when refusing to wear a mask...

On #NationalHeroesDay we honor all of our incredible PSEA members who teach and serve our students and take care of pati...
08/23/2021

On #NationalHeroesDay we honor all of our incredible PSEA members who teach and serve our students and take care of patients in hospitals.

The selflessness, resourcefulness, and perseverance you've shown throughout this pandemic has been truly remarkable. But it's the critical role you play EVERY.SINGLE.DAY in your students' and patients’ lives that make you so exceptional.

The world needs more heroes like you.

On #NationalHeroesDay we honor all of our incredible PSEA members who teach and serve our students and take care of patients in hospitals.

The selflessness, resourcefulness, and perseverance you've shown throughout this pandemic has been truly remarkable. But it's the critical role you play EVERY.SINGLE.DAY in your students' and patients’ lives that make you so exceptional.

The world needs more heroes like you.

“Pennsylvania’s public school educators and support professionals are looking forward to returning to school in a few we...
08/20/2021

“Pennsylvania’s public school educators and support professionals are looking forward to returning to school in a few weeks to welcome eager students to their classrooms,” writes PSEA President Rich Askey."

“As we do so, we are at a crossroads. We look ahead with enthusiasm but recognize that, in order to make this school year successful for our students, we must exercise caution to protect them from evolving strains of the coronavirus and ensure that they can keep learning -- in person."

“That’s why it is so important for every school district in Pennsylvania to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidance on mask-wearing in schools.”

https://www.goerie.com/story/opinion/2021/08/20/follow-cdc-mask-wearing-guidance-pa-schools/8199199002/

“Pennsylvania’s public school educators and support professionals are looking forward to returning to school in a few weeks to welcome eager students to their classrooms,” writes PSEA President Rich Askey."

“As we do so, we are at a crossroads. We look ahead with enthusiasm but recognize that, in order to make this school year successful for our students, we must exercise caution to protect them from evolving strains of the coronavirus and ensure that they can keep learning -- in person."

“That’s why it is so important for every school district in Pennsylvania to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidance on mask-wearing in schools.”

https://www.goerie.com/story/opinion/2021/08/20/follow-cdc-mask-wearing-guidance-pa-schools/8199199002/

“One of the things I heard when schools started to reopen in the spring, from our members, was that they had no problems...
08/19/2021
Pennsylvania teachers unions: Schools should require masks

“One of the things I heard when schools started to reopen in the spring, from our members, was that they had no problems with the kids wearing masks,” PSEA President Rich Askey said. “So, this goes back to what’s best for the children—to expose themselves to a virus that is now hurting them, or to wear a mask. I vote for the mask.”

The Pennsylvania State Education Association cited the threat of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, which is spiking infections and hospitalizations across the state and nationally, including among children.

08/19/2021
"Pennsylvania’s two statewide teachers unions on Wednesday urged K-12 schools to require masks in school buildings, a me...
08/19/2021
Pennsylvania teachers unions: Schools should require masks

"Pennsylvania’s two statewide teachers unions on Wednesday urged K-12 schools to require masks in school buildings, a measure that state officials are encouraging but have not mandated as students prepare to return to class."

"The Pennsylvania State Education Association cited the threat of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, which is spiking infections and hospitalizations across the state and nationally, including among children."

“Masking up is essential to keeping in-person learning going all year,” said Rich Askey, PSEA president. “If we’re going to be able to keep our schools open for in-person instruction all year, we need to make the right decisions now.”

Pennsylvania's two statewide teachers unions on Wednesday urged K-12 schools to require masks in school buildings, a measure that state officials are encouraging but have not mandated as students prepare to return to class.

PSEA PRESS RELEASE: As Delta variant spreads, PSEA calls on schools to mask up a little longer"Emphasizing that mask wea...
08/18/2021

PSEA PRESS RELEASE: As Delta variant spreads, PSEA calls on schools to mask up a little longer

"Emphasizing that mask wearing in K-12 schools is essential to keeping in-person learning going all year, the Pennsylvania State Education Association today urged K-12 schools to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and require students and staff members to wear masks in school buildings so that every school in the state can start the school year in person, continue in person, and finish in person."

Read more of the release 👇
https://www.psea.org/release/universalmasking202122

PSEA PRESS RELEASE: As Delta variant spreads, PSEA calls on schools to mask up a little longer

"Emphasizing that mask wearing in K-12 schools is essential to keeping in-person learning going all year, the Pennsylvania State Education Association today urged K-12 schools to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and require students and staff members to wear masks in school buildings so that every school in the state can start the school year in person, continue in person, and finish in person."

Read more of the release 👇
https://www.psea.org/release/universalmasking202122

"The Pennsylvania State Education Association “is strongly encouraging” universal masking in school districts across the...
08/17/2021
Bucks County masks in schools: County offers guidance, but no mandates, while petitions continue on both sides

"The Pennsylvania State Education Association “is strongly encouraging” universal masking in school districts across the commonwealth, following CDC guidelines."

“Certainly, schools should be looking at other measures like social distancing and promoting vaccinations where possible,” said Chris Lilienthal, PSEA’s assistant director of communications."

“Masking up at school is going to be essential right now, especially in the face of the surging delta variant, which we know affects young people and children more aggressively than the original strain of the virus,” he said."

"The overall priority is keeping kids learning in person safely, Lilienthal added."

The guidance came after a contentious week of outraged parents calling on Bucks County to recommend stricter mask requirements and notifications for parents.

08/16/2021

ICYMI: Saturday was Free Comic Book Day!

To celebrate, we harken back to our 2017 interview with PSEA member Tim Smyth about how he uses comics and comic books to teach his students about history and current events at Wissahickon High School in Montgomery County. ️

"It's not being taught in any public K-12 school in northwestern Pennsylvania or the rest of the state, nor is it part o...
08/11/2021
Critical race theory isn't taught in NWPA schools, but controversy still looms

"It's not being taught in any public K-12 school in northwestern Pennsylvania or the rest of the state, nor is it part of the curriculum of Erie County's colleges and universities. Yet a four decade-old academic concept about race has become fodder for the next front in America's culture war."

In Crawford County, Penncrest School District board members propose a ban on teaching "divisive concepts" such as critical race theory.

"The Biden Administration announced Monday that members of the military will soon have to get vaccinated. Teachers could...
08/11/2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci says local school districts should mandate vaccines for teachers

"The Biden Administration announced Monday that members of the military will soon have to get vaccinated. Teachers could be up next."

"As cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 soar and the new school year approaches, a growing number of public health experts are calling to require vaccines for educators."

As the number of Delta variant cases soars and the new school year approaches, a number of public health experts are calling to require vaccines for educators.

“Student mental health and emotional well-being, it has to be a top priority,” said PSEA President Rich Askey. “And this...
08/10/2021
PA Educators: Use ARP Funds to Support Student Mental Health | BCTV

“Student mental health and emotional well-being, it has to be a top priority,” said PSEA President Rich Askey. “And this is going to be important for the health of our students, but it also ties to their academic achievement. It all comes together, so as we know it’s a lot harder for students to excel when they’re dealing with mental and emotional health issues.”

For many young people, the social isolation of the pandemic has had negative effects, and as Commonwealth students prepare to return to the classroom, educators want districts to use funds from the American Rescue Plan to support mental-health services. Pennsylvania is receiving $5 billion federal d...

Have you been busy getting your schools and classrooms ready for students to return? Send us a pic! We want to showcase ...
08/09/2021

Have you been busy getting your schools and classrooms ready for students to return? Send us a pic! We want to showcase your hard work and creativity.

Email your best back-to-school snapshots to [email protected]

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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?
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