Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week - November 16-20, 2015 - presents all Americans with the opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference by ensuring every child receives a quality education. The celebration features a special observance each day of the week.  More »


Video: PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak on school funding

PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak appeared on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Sept. 29 to discuss public school funding, the state budget, standardized testing, and his priorities as the new president of our Association.              More »


Parents and community leaders rally for Chester Upland School District

Nearly 80 parents, community members, and education advocates gathered in the state capitol to rally to #KeepChesterUplandOpen.  More »


PSEA praises one-year hiatus for PSSA scores; Calls for more time to implement new academic standards

PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak called the one-year waiver a good start, but noted that educators and school districts need more time to align curriculum to the new PA Core Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2013 and prepare their students to take the revised exams.  More »


PSEA officers Oleksiak, McCracken, Askey begin new terms

PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak, Vice President Dolores McCracken, and Treasurer Rich Askey began two-year terms as officers on September 1.  More »


Chester Upland community thanks educators for agreeing to work without pay

UPDATE: Chester Upland Educators and support professionals received word on September 8 that the school district would be able to make its scheduled payroll on September 9. This news is a welcome surprise for employees and their families, but the future remains uncertain.  More »


Chester Upland educators and support professionals agree to work without pay – again

Faced with the news that the financially strapped school district likely won't make payroll in September, the 243 members of Chester Upland EA and Chester Upland ESP decided they'll continue to show up for work so their students' schools can stay open.  More »


Understanding Keystone Exams

Currently, all students take the Keystone Exams. Starting with the class of 2016-17, Keystone Exam results will be used to determine students' eligibility for graduation.   More »


Update: School employee background checks requirements

Act 153 of 2014 requires school employees to provide or renew State Police/FBI record checks and child abuse clearance statements. Additional changes to the law went into effect July 2015.   More »


Educators testify on the failures of standardized testing

Elementary teachers Daniel Bloch (Upper Dauphin) and Linda Hicks (Oxford Area) traveled to a July 29 hearing in Harrisburg with a simple message for legislators: Pennsylvania's standardized testing system deserves a failing grade.  More »


Meet the winners of the 2015 PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards

Pennsylvanians care about public schools and their communities - and PSEA's Celebrating Excellence Awards celebrate these outstanding individuals and organizations each year. Meet this year's honorees.  More »


Partnering with parents to inspire love of the arts

Music and the arts are a critical part of a well-rounded education. They introduce creativity and innovative thinking into day-to-day learning, and have been found to increase students’ social and emotional skills and competencies, including teamwork, confidence, communication, and leadership.  More »


Here's what's happening in Harrisburg

State legislators in Harrisburg are debating the state budget, pension legislation, and a variety of other issues of importance to PSEA members. PSEA will update this page throughout the weekend as news becomes available.  More »


Pension bill fails to address the real problem

After underfunding school employee pensions for more than a decade, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed legislation that asks teachers, bus drivers, nurses, and state workers to pay for Harrisburg's past mistakes. The bill is now on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk for consideration.  More »


PSEA members speak up for schools at the state Capitol

PSEA Advocates for Children and Education (ACEs), Building Action Coordinators (BACs), and Local Presidents visited legislators' offices to talk with them about school funding, school employee pensions, and other proposed legislation that impacts schools and students across the state.   More »


Proposed bill ties educator furloughs to evaluation scores

State representatives just advanced a bill that would make it easier to furlough experienced educators and based high-stakes furlough decisions on a new, untested educator evaluation system.  More »


PSEA President: Senate GOP pension bill puts bad process over good policy

PSEA President Mike Crossey issued a May 13 statement regarding a flawed pension bill state Senate Republican leaders rushed through the Senate.  More »


PSEA celebrates National School Nurse Day and National Nurses Week

PSEA joins Pennsylvania and the nation to celebrate National School Nurse Day on May 6, and National Nurses Week, May 6-12.  More »


A week to honor teachers

PSEA joins the NEA, the PTA, students, communities, and the nation in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, and National Teacher Day on May 5.  More »


Student PSEA members transform a school library

On a warm spring day in early April, more than 300 enthusiastic college students, several teachers, volunteers, and retired educators arrived at Camp Curtin Academy in Harrisburg School District, an urban district hit especially hard by recent school funding cuts. Armed with art supplies, blueprints, and ambitious goals, they set out to beautify the school and transform the school library.  More »


Attention PSERS members: Notice of telephone scam

PSERS issued an alert to all active and retired members about a recurring telephone scam in which PSERS members are contacted by individuals claiming to be with the U.S. Treasury or Internal Revenue Service. These individuals state there is an issue with their PSERS benefit.  More »


Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. Earth Day has become a worldwide event - reminding people of the importance of taking care of the planet by "going green." The NEA and other groups have developed a variety of resources to help Pennsylvania schools bring Earth Day into the classroom.  More »


Pennsylvanians support Gov. Wolf's plan to increase school funding

Franklin & Marshall College's latest public opinion poll, released March 26, shows that most Pennsylvanians (59 percent) support Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed state budget - which includes the largest one-year school funding increase in Pennsylvania's history.  More »


Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget invests in students

PSEA President Mike Crossey commended Gov. Tom Wolf on his proposed state budget plan, which invests in Pennsylvania’s children with a historic increase in school funding at the same time it provides tax relief to property taxpayers.  More »


Voice Cover Story: Toxic Testing

The words of frustration expressed by Linda Hicks echo through public schools everywhere like the bells that begin and end each day." As an educator, I believe standardized testing has dismantled the art of teaching," said Hicks, fourth-grade teacher at Nottingham Elementary School in the Oxford Area School District, Chester County.  More »


Celebrate Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month. To help you commemorate the Women's Rights Movement and the achievements of women throughout our country's history, PSEA has compiled lesson plans, educational resources, and other information to bring Women's History Month into the classroom.  More »


Gov. Wolf recognizes furloughed educator during budget address

Gov. Wolf recognized furloughed teacher Katy Beth Klinger in his March 3 state budget address, one of many furloughed educators who will have more opportunities to regain full-time employment under his plan to increase school funding.  More »


Celebrate Read Across America on March 2

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program for every child in every community each March, celebrating the value of reading and the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss.  More »


PSEA urges state legislators to fix the Keystone Exams

PSEA Vice President Jerry Oleksiak and Cumberland Valley teacher Jake Miller testified before the House Education Committee at a Feb. 12 hearing regarding the state's academic standards and the Keystone Exams.  More »


Gov. Wolf's Marcellus Shale plan is the right thing to do

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a proposal to levy a fair tax on drillers who profit from Pennsylvania's natural gas deposits and send the "lion's share" of the proceeds to restore investments in education during a visit to Caln Elementary School in Coatesville School District.  More »


February is Career and Technical Education Month in Pennsylvania

Career and technical education plays an important role in preparing students for jobs after graduation or furthering their post-secondary education.  More »


Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. PSEA joins the NEA and the nation in commemorating African-American history and culture.  More »


PSEA-Retired member attends Gov. Wolf's Inaugural Celebration

For Sally Oliver, a retired educator from Central-Western Region, a contribution to PSEA-PACE, PSEA's Political Action Committee for Education, sent her to Gov. Tom Wolf's inaugural celebration.  More »


Committee Weekend Cancelled

PSEA Committee meetings scheduled for January 23-24, 2015, in PSEA Headquarters or Harrisburg area hotels have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  More »


PSEA President congratulates Gov. Tom Wolf

PSEA President Mike Crossey congratulates newly inaugurated Gov. Tom Wolf and calls on lawmakers to work together to make public school funding a top priority.  More »


Learning Lessons: Great ideas, Great schools

The cover story in the January issue of Voice is the beginning of a regular series, "Learning Lessons: Great ideas, Great schools," that features educators doing great things or conducting great programs in Pennsylvania’s public schools. The first "Learning Lessons" feature spotlights a successful site-based management model in York City.  More »


Happy Holidays from PSEA

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Chambersburg educator receives national award

Going above and beyond for students inside and outside the classroom earned Chambersburg EA member Michael Baum a prestigious 2014 Milken Educator Award.  More »


PSEA President: It's time for a fair funding formula

Testifying before the General Assembly's Basic Education Funding Commission at a Dec. 10 hearing, PSEA president Mike Crossey thanked commission members for making basic education funding a priority and pledged to work with them to turn the page from framing the problem and start talking about the specifics of a solution.  More »


Fox Chapel music teacher Mairi Cooper is the 2015 PA Teacher of the Year

Mairi Cooper’s already outstanding career teaching music now includes the distinction of being Pennsylvania’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.  More »


PSEA board member Jim Sando elected president of national teacher pension group

PSEA Mideastern Region President Jim Sando will take the fight to protect the retirement security of public employees to the national level as the new president of the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR).   More »


Computer Science Education Week is Dec. 8-12

Computer science and programming jobs have become some of the fastest-growing careers in Pennsylvania and across the country. Computer Science Education Week aims to expand computer science education opportunities to all students, to help to light the pathway to new careers.  More »


New PSEA Advisories on flexible instructional days

PSEA issued new advisories for EA and ESP members regarding PDE's recently approved pilot program allowing local education agencies (LEA) to seek approval to offer flexible instruction days as alternative methods of instruction. The program is in response to requests by LEAs to offer online learning as make-up days due to inclement weather.  More »


School Performance Profiles distort the picture of student achievement

For the second year in a row, Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles are little more than a source of confusion and frustration for school districts and educators.  More »


NEA vice president celebrates American Education Week at Pa. school

NEA Vice President Becky Pringle had a homecoming of sorts during this year's American Education Week celebration, when she returned to the Western Pennsylvania elementary school where she completed her student teaching in the 1970s. Pringle joined PSEA President Mike Crossey to visit classrooms and read to students at Turner Elementary School in Wilkinsburg.  More »


Recognizing education support professionals

Wednesday, Nov. 19 is Education Support Professionals Day, part of American Education Week. PSEA thanks education support professionals for everything they do to make Pennsylvania's public schools great.  More »


Reflections on American Education Week

For the past three years, I've traveled across Pennsylvania, and I've heard thousands of people talk about the funding crisis in their public schools. I've been struck by those conversations, because they almost always end the same way. The person I'm talking with asks me, "Can't we do better?"  More »


BAC Boot Camp sparks members into action

After four years of fighting back a barrage of bad policies, many members are more passionate than ever about making sure public education is a priority in Pennsylvania. But how does one transform member passion into member action? That question was answered for nearly 50 Building Action Coordinators at the 2014 PSEA Summer Leadership Conference in Gettysburg.  More »


PSEA President congratulates Tom Wolf

PSEA President Mike Crossey issued the following statement after Tom Wolf was declared the winner in the election for governor of Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania’s public school students, their parents, and the educators who serve them every day need a fresh start now more than ever. Today, Pennsylvanians issued a mandate and voted overwhelmingly for that fresh start, electing Tom Wolf as our next governor and giving him a strong mandate to make the investments that our public schools need and that our students deserve.  More »


PSEA remembers Dan Doughton

PSEA UniServ Representative Dan Doughton, a respected colleague and tireless advocate for educators, passed away on Oct. 14.  More »


PSEA proudly joins the Campaign for Fair Education Funding

It's time to reverse the governor's devastating school funding cuts, and create a fair, sustainable funding formula to make sure that every student in Pennsylvania has the opportunity to succeed. More than 40 organizations, including education groups from across the state, the business community, labor organizations, religious organizations, and community groups formed a new, unprecedented coalition to make these goals a reality: the Campaign for Fair Education Funding.  More »


York community rallies against the corporate takeover of public schools

Parents, educators, students, and religious leaders are calling on the York City School Board to reject the bids of two out-of-state charter corporations competing to take over the city's public schools.  More »


Gov. Corbett calls for continued public review of state academic standards

Just a year after praising the passage of Pennsylvania Core Standards, the state's adaptation of national Common Core academic standards, Gov. Tom Corbett is calling for "continued public review" of English-language arts and math standards in elementary and secondary schools. The announcement leaves school administrators and educators scrambling to determine next steps, now that Gov. Corbett appears to be backing away from his administration's own policy.  More »


PSEA Report: Poorest students pay biggest price for school funding cuts

A new PSEA research report finds that Gov. Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts have hurt Pennsylvania’s poorest school districts and its neediest students the most, with larger classes and a drop in student achievement on standardized test scores.  More »


Students in poorest school districts hit hardest by Corbett funding cuts

A new function on PSEA's school funding cuts calculator shows that the average per student funding cut in Pennsylvania's 50 poorest school districts is $532, while the average per student cut in the 50 wealthiest school districts is $113.  More »


Malvern teacher Nikki Salvatico to receive NEA award for teaching excellence

Nikki Salvatico, a first-grade teacher at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern, Pa., and president of the local EA, will join 38 of her colleagues from across the country to be honored with one of public education’s most prestigious awards.  More »


Nominations open for 2015 PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards

Nominations open for 2015 PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards Each spring at the PSEA House of Delegates, the Celebrating Excellence Awards honor the recipients of PSEA's Adler Friend of Education Award and PSEA Human and Civil Rights Awards.  More »


Pennsylvania science teacher elected vice president of nation's largest school employee union

Becky Pringle, a physical science teacher from the Susquehanna Township School District near Harrisburg, was recently elected vice president of the National Education Association, the nation's largest union of public education employees.  More »


Meet the winners: 2014 PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards

The 2014 recipients of Celebrating Excellence Awards were honored at PSEA’s Celebrating Excellence Dinner on May 15.  More »


Socioeconomic Status and Brain Development: From Science to Policy

We know that kids from poor families often perform less well in school. With her research, Dr. Martha J. Farah looked to determine what parts of brain development are affected by a child’s experience growing up in poverty.  More »


Future teachers win 2014 PSEA scholarships

The future is a little brighter for eight teacher-hopefuls. Thanks to PSEA, three Student PSEA members and five high school students will be able to better fund their education after winning this year's Lucy A. Valero Scholarships.  More »


PSEA community shocked and saddened at Franklin Regional High School tragedy

The tragic events at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County on Wednesday, April 9, resulting in the stabbings of 21 students and a security guard, shocked and deeply saddened PSEA's leaders, members, and staff.  More »


Pension proposal repeats past mistakes

Leave it to Gov. Tom Corbett to take a bad idea and make it worse. As if proposing to move new public school and state employee hires from a secure and proven pension system to an inferior and more costly system wasn't enough, he now wants to reduce the state's contribution to the funds for current employees and retirees.  More »


Corbett's election year budget gimmicks won't fix the school funding crisis

On Feb. 4, Gov. Tom Corbett presented another state budget full of election year gimmicks and false choices, putting wealthy corporations ahead of public schools, retirement security, and middle-class families.  More »


No Name-Calling Week

Help end verbal bullying in schools by participating in national No Name Calling Week, January 20-24. Find lesson plans, fact sheets, and other resources for students and educators.  More »


PSEA releases Solutions That Work

PSEA released a new 100-page report called “Solutions That Work,” which details 20 specific initiatives that are proven to help students learn. Educators know what works for the students who learn in their schools and classrooms – early childhood education, arts and extracurricular activities, parental involvement, tutoring programs, teacher professional development programs, and more.  More »


Restoring school funding needs to be a top priority

PSEA President Mike Crossey commended members of the state House of Representatives for urging Gov. Tom Corbett to begin reversing his nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts, pointing out that these cuts have caused a funding crisis in Pennsylvania’s public schools.  More »


The stories behind school funding cuts

Gov. Tom Corbett claims he is putting more money into education than ever before. But students, parents, and educators know the truth. Corbett has cut nearly $1 billion in school funding. PSEA members see the impact of these cuts every day, as students lose valuable opportunities to learn and succeed.  More »


Rose Tree Media EA member Anthony Grisillo named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

PSEA congratulates Anthony Grisillo, a gifted support instructor and science coordinator at Glenwood Elementary School in the Rose Tree Media School District, on being honored as Pennsylvania's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Grisillo received the honor at a December 9 awards ceremony in Hershey, PA.  More »


PSEA President: Economic furloughs won't solve the school funding crisis

Gov. Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts caused Pennsylvania school districts to eliminate more than 20,000 education jobs since 2011. Now, state legislators are considering legislation that would allow school districts to furlough even more employees with fewer restrictions.  More »


It's time to make public education a priority

During American Education Week, we celebrate public schools and the power of a great education. Now is the time to make public education Pennsylvania's top priority.  More »


Go All In during PSEA's week of action

With public education threatened by budget cuts and bad policies, it's about time that Pennsylvanians heard some good news about their schools. That is why PSEA is organizing a Week of Action during American Education Week, Nov. 18-22.  More »


Honoring school psychologists

November 11-15 is School Psychology Awareness Week, created to increase public awareness about the valuable role school psychologists play in public education.  More »


No Suficientes Libros

When Anita Young tried to get the 20 extra textbooks needed for a Spanish I class at Huntingdon Area High School, there was no money in the school district budget. So, students in her Spanish I class are sharing textbooks - one book for every two students. In Spanish, it's “No Suficientes Libros'' - not enough books.  More »


Help recruit Partners for Public Education

PSEA formed a community outreach program, Partners for Public Education ( to bring these partners together to provide them with information about public education policy in Pennsylvania, and to create connections with public schools in their communities.  More »


Social media can help protect pensions

As PSEA members, there's a fast, easy way to receive PSEA action alerts, Member Benefits discounts, education news, and the latest updates on the fight to stop Gov. Tom Corbett's attacks on public employee pensions. You can find it on Facebook.   More »


Report: School funding crisis worsens and students suffer

A report by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators shows that Gov. Tom Corbett's unprecedented school funding cuts are pushing Pennsylvania school districts deeper into distress, forcing them to cut key student programs.  More »


Capitolwire: Corbett says 'We reduced education funding if you look at it as a whole.'

Gov. Tom Corbett, two days after chiding critics for saying he cut state funding for the K-12 public basic education formula, made an admission. He said his administration had cut overall state funding for K-12 public schools in the current budget.  More »


PSEA President: School funding crisis impacts students with special needs

PSEA President Mike Crossey testified before the General Assembly's Special Education Funding Commission during an August 22 hearing. “Pennsylvania's school funding crisis has grown worse, and across the state all students - including those with special learning needs - are losing educational opportunities,” said Crossey.  More »


NCLB waiver is a step in the right direction for PA students

Finally. After cutting nearly $1 billion from our public schools and subjecting school districts to unrealistic, unachievable academic benchmarks, Gov. Tom Corbett finally requested a waiver for Adequate Yearly Progress requirements dictated by No Child Left Behind. Federal education officials approved the state's request on August 20.  More »


Online calculator shows the facts about Corbett's public school funding cuts

PSEA's online school funding calculator, which shows how much state funding for local schools has dropped since Gov. Tom Corbett took office, is available at and  More »


Dangerous Minds author offers advice to PSEA Members

The 2013 PSEA Department of Pupil Services Conference featured keynote speaker LouAnne Johnson, a writer, teacher and former United States Marine. She is best known for the book "My Posse Don't Do Homework," adapted as the film "Dangerous Minds" in 1995.  More »


PSEA report details impact of school funding crisis on Pennsylvania students

PSEA released Sounding the Alarm 2 on June 14, which details the impact of three years of funding cuts under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.  More »


PSEA President: On pension legislation, ideology doesn't trump math

Independent experts advise that pension bills under consideration in both the House and Senate will cost taxpayers an additional $40 billion.  More »


Taxpayers have 42 billion reasons to oppose Corbett's latest pension plan

By a one vote margin, the state Senate Finance Committee approved Gov. Tom Corbett's latest pension proposal on June 19, which will jeopardize the retirement security of more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians and cost taxpayers an additional $42 billion.  More »


Meet the winners: 2013 PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards

Recipients of PSEA's 2013 Adler Friend of Education Award and PSEA Human & Civil Rights Awards were honored at PSEA's Celebrating Excellence Dinner on May 16.  More »


PSEA Vice President to Senate Committee: Corbett's pension plan costs taxpayers more

Gov. Tom Corbett's pension plan fails the tests that any legitimate pension reform proposal must pass before it should be taken seriously by the General Assembly, said PSEA Vice President Jerry Oleksiak at a May 29 pension hearing.  More »


Turned away but not silenced, Greater Nanticoke EA member urges Corbett to keep the promise

Dawn Marshall, a high school science teacher in the Greater Nanticoke School District, was thrilled to be invited to a press conference with Gov. Tom Corbett.  More »


Honoring school nurses

PSEA celebrates National School Nurse Day, May 8, 2013. If you think school nursing is all about flu shots, Band-Aids, and record-keeping, you haven't been inside a school lately.  More »


Corbett's pension plan costs taxpayers more

Even after taking three months to modify and find legislative sponsors for his pension proposal, Gov. Tom Corbett's plan is still more costly to taxpayers, dramatically reduces retirement payments for teachers, nurses, and law enforcement officers, and is unconstitutional.  More »


No arts, music, or phys. ed for Allentown students

This year, continuing to face financial crisis, the Allentown School District proposed the elimination of 144 additional teaching positions. The proposed cuts would eliminate elementary art, music, library and physical education, reduce middle school arts and physical education by half, and drastically increase class sizes at all levels. English as a Second Language support would be reduced.  More »


Corbett administration continues to mislead on pension issue

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration renewed efforts to persuade news media that the governor's ill-conceived changes proposed to current public workers' pensions would not violate the state Constitution.  More »


National Healthy Schools Day

PSEA is a proud co-sponsor of this year's National Healthy Schools Day: Tuesday, April 30. This event is a national partnership campaign for indoor air quality in schools coordinated by Healthy Schools Network with the US EPA and the Council of Educational Facility Planners-International.  More »


PSEA President testifies on school safety initiatives

Testifying on school safety issues before the state Senate Education and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees, PSEA President Mike Crossey said students learn best when they are in safe learning environments, and recommended several policies to achieve this goal for all public school students.  More »


PSEA President: Restoring Corbett's school funding cuts should be top priority

Lawmakers should make restoring Gov. Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in public school funding cuts a priority in this year's state budget, said PSEA President Mike Crossey.   More »


The myth of privatization: wrong for Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to privatize state liquor stores and use that one-time revenue for the public schools is just another part of his plan to use students as bargaining chips to push his political agenda.   More »


PA Teacher of the Year attends State of the Union Address

Once again, Pennsylvania educators were represented at the State of the Union Address, as Ryan Devlin, member of Brockway Education Association and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year attended the address as a guest seated in the gallery.   More »


Gov. Corbett launches attack on school employee pensions

Gov. Tom Corbett introduced his state budget proposal on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The governor launched an attack on school employee pensions, outlining a series of unconstitutional changes that won't save taxpayer money, but will reduce pension benefits for current and future school employees.  More »


Corbett's budget fails Pennsylvania students - again

For the third consecutive year, Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a state budget that fails Pennsylvania's students, ignores the school funding crisis he created, and uses public school students as bargaining chips to achieve an ideological agenda.   More »


PSEA President responds to Governor Corbett's liquor privatization scheme

PSEA President Mike Crossey released a Jan. 30 statement on Gov. Tom Corbett’s liquor privatization scheme.  More »


Tragedy in Newtown affects us all

As educators, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings, each of us is experiencing heartache and sorrow following the tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.   More »


Corbett's false budget choices distract from key priorities for Pennsylvanians

Recent reports about Gov. Tom Corbett's plans for his Feb. 5 budget address to the General Assembly show that he is trying to force legislators to make a false choice about the Commonwealth's spending priorities.  More »


'Right to Work' laws are wrong for Pennsylvania

Recently, anti-union groups renewed their attacks on the rights of teacher and public employees, introducing a package of 'Right to Work' bills in the PA House of Representatives.   More »


‘Lost decade’ for state’s working families

"The State of Working Pennsylvania 2012," a report by the Keystone Research Center, shows that from 2000 to 2010, worker productivity increased 30 percent, while the median income of a four-person household declined by more than $6,000.  More »


Corbett Administration pension report sets up false choices, doesn’t solve problem

PSEA President Mike Crossey reacted to the Keystone Pension Report, released Monday, Nov. 26 by Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget secretary, Charles Zogby.  More »


Survey shows that school funding crisis is deepening

A recent survey shows that nearly $1 billion in Gov. Tom Corbett’s state funding cuts continue to wreak havoc on Pennsylvania’s school districts, forcing them to dramatically reduce or eliminate student programs at the same time that the state’s academic expectations are increasing.  More »


Meet Ryan Devlin: Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year

PSEA congratulates Ryan Devlin, member of Brockway Education Association, for receiving the honor of Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.  More »


PSEA supports union rights in Michigan

Michigan legislators used a "lame duck" session to push through bills that will hurt hardworking American families and attack unions. The legislation is a bad policy designed to hurt unions and collective bargaining.  More »


Video: Kids, Cuts, and Consequences

Across Pennsylvania, PSEA members are talking about the consequences Gov. Tom Corbett’s unprecedented school funding cuts are having on the students they teach. Through the Kids, Cuts, and Consequences project, PSEA members are sharing their stories and describing the impact of these devastating cuts.  More »


PSEA President: PDE should answer charter school questions

Pennsylvania state Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis owes parents, students, and educators an explanation about why he relaxed academic standards for charter schools without federal approval while targets for traditional public schools have increased dramatically.  More »


PSEA President testifies on bullying prevention

“Bullying prevention must occur each and every day,” Crossey said. “Any type of bullying is unacceptable and any incident must be taken seriously by students, educators, staff, administrators, parents, and members of the community.”  More »


PSEA President Mike Crossey comments on Voter ID law decision

PSEA President Mike Crossey issued an October 2 statement regarding the Commonwealth Court’s decision to postpone the Pennsylvania Voter ID law.  More »


PSEA President: Test tampering is wrong, and so are the Corbett Administration’s excuses on education

“The Corbett administration released Pennsylvania’s PSSA test scores for the 2011-12 school year and tried to blame a slight drop in statewide scores on a miniscule number of schools in which there have been allegations of cheating on the tests,” said PSEA President Mike Crossey.  More »


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture.  More »


The consequences of voter apathy

This November, PSEA members have a chance to “Stand Together’’ and support pro-public education candidates who will work to stop bad policies and fix the crisis in public schools.  More »


Celebrate Arts in Education Week

The arts take center stage this week, as the nation celebrates the second annual Arts in Education Week. PSEA joins the nation in celebrating the importance of the arts in education.  More »


Gallup Poll: Americans support teachers, more education funding

With state funding cuts forcing school districts to eliminate more than 14,000 educators, Pennsylvania’s school-age children will see fewer teachers, larger classes, and fewer electives and tutoring opportunities for struggling students in their schools and classrooms.  More »


PSEA President: Proposed pension changes will have to beat the current ‘3 Percent Solution’

Any proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s public employee pension systems will have to measure up to the savings already achieved in reforms enacted two years ago, with the passage of Act 120 of 2010. That’s the message delivered from PSEA President Michael Crossey, commenting on the joint hearing of the House State Government and Finance committees on pension legislation, held August 14 at the state Capitol.  More »


PSEA remembers Marc Kornfeld

Marc Kornfeld, longtime friend and colleague, passed away on August 5, 2012.  More »


Recent survey shows a growing crisis in public schools

A recent survey of school district officials confirms what educators, parents, and students already know: State budget cuts are hurting our schools - and things are getting worse.  More »


PSEA members rock the Capitol

More than 700 members from across Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for Pennsylvania’s public schools. They visited their legislators. And they crammed the rotunda for one of the loudest and largest events held there this year.  More »


PSEA President Mike Crossey: Supreme Court Decision Will Help Children Keep Health Care

PSEA President Mike Crossey issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.  More »


PSEA President points to improvements in teacher evaluation bill

In a June 27 statement, PSEA President Mike Crossey pointed to significant improvements in a teacher evaluation proposal poised to be considered by the General Assembly.  More »


PSEA Advertorial: School Funding and Corporate Taxes

Hundreds of corporations are paying nothing in state taxes. At the same time, the public schools are cutting programs that work for our students, laying off teachers and support professionals, and increasing property taxes.  More »


A good first step: Senate budget proposal rejects Corbett block grants and restores some education funding

A good first step Senate budget proposal rejects Corbett “block grants” and restores some education funding The state Senate took a first step toward addressing the school funding crisis by proposing a budget that rejects Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to  More »


MSNBC's The Ed Show features York City EA President Kim Schwarz

Once again, Gov. Corbett’s unprecedented school funding cuts in Pennsylvania make national news. York City EA President Kim Schwarz recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Ed Show to discuss the impact of these cuts in York City School District.  More »


PSEA President: block grant plan will shortchange students and schools

Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to fund Pennsylvania’s public schools with “block grants” will shortchange students, let political deals drive state funding, and force local school districts and communities to solve the $1 billion crisis that state funding cuts have caused, according to PSEA President Mike Crossey.  More »


Privatized school buses cost taxpayers more

A new study by the Keystone Research Center found that Pennsylvania school districts that contract with private bus operators end up spending more taxpayer dollars on transportation than those that manage their own bus fleets.   More »


PSEA President supports Senate Democrat budget alternative

Ending a corporate tax break and restoring a successful education program can begin to reverse Gov. Tom Corbett’s unprecedented funding cuts to Pennsylvania’s public schools.  More »


PSEA files federal complaint to protect the civil rights of special education students in Chester Upland

A toxic mixture of state special education and charter school laws and more than $23 million in funding cuts are violating the civil rights of Chester Upland School District’s 700 special needs students.  More »


Sounding the Alarm: PSEA warns of growing fiscal crisis for schools in new report

Across Pennsylvania, the reality of unprecedented school funding cuts is forcing dramatic cuts to student programs and pushing a growing number of public schools to the financial brink, according to a new PSEA report that documents the root causes of a growing financial crisis and details the consequences that confront students every day.  More »


School funding cuts clear with new online calculator

To help Pennsylvanians understand how two years of Gov. Tom Corbett’s school funding cuts affect their local school districts, PSEA created a School Funding Cuts Calculator, now available on and  More »


PDE Secretary's testimony ignores impact of nearly $1 billion in public school cuts

PA Dept. of Education Secretary Ron Tomalis’ testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on March 5 ignored the fact that school districts across Pennsylvania are cutting programs that work for their students because of nearly $1 billion in state funding cuts.  More »


Corbett adds pension money to K-12 total, to combat critics of his cuts

First, Gov. Tom Corbett tried to limit his discussions of overall state education funding to the basic education subsidy for K-12 schools, since he supplied more state money for that item than previous budgets did. But education groups kept noting that he cut lots of other things that the state used to provide along with the subsidy: $429 million that Corbett did not supply last year for tutoring, charter school reimbursements and block grants were the primary items.  More »


South Fayette community members: We are Partners

More than 150 parents, teachers, school board members, community leaders, and legislators gathered at the South Fayette High School Theatre on Feb. 29 and said "I’m a Partner."  More »


PDE Secretary's testimony includes no plan to help financially strapped schools

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis in his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 27 offered no real plan to support school districts spiraling into financial distress.  More »


Public school students need state support, not accounting tricks

Using a complicated fiscal shell game to “redesign school and district” basic education funding, Gov. Tom Corbett's state budget proposal represents an unwise experiment that will cause chaos in the public schools and eliminate research-tested, classroom-proven programs.  More »


Video: Solutions That Work

Pennsylvania educators know what works in schools and classrooms, on the school bus, and in the cafeteria. That is why PSEA proposed its Solutions That Work initiative. Solutions That Work includes research-based approaches like full-day kindergarten, parent involvement, and tutoring initiatives.  More »


PSEA President supports bill to invest in struggling schools

PSEA President Mike Crossey stood with state Representative Eugene DePasquale (D-95) to support legislation he will introduce to invest in struggling school districts where students need proven, effective programs and the resources to fund them.  More »


Unprecedented state budget cuts put more school districts in financial distress

The Corbett Administration finally agreed to provide the financially-strapped Chester Upland School District with the funds it needs to keep its doors open, but the governor's unprecedented, draconian state funding cuts are wreaking havoc in school districts across the state.  More »


President Obama invites Chester Upland teacher to attend State of the Union address

Sara C. Ferguson, a teacher from the Chester Upland School District said she is honored to accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to be the president’s distinguished guest for the State of the Union address.  More »


Chester Upland Teachers, support staff thank legislators for working to secure funding to keep district schools open

Leaders of the school employee unions representing teachers and support staff in the Chester Upland School District released a January 23 statement thanking state legislators who worked to secure an agreement with Gov. Tom Corbett to avert the district’s looming financial crisis.  More »


Support the PSEA-Chester Upland Crisis Fund

The Chester Upland School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania is in the midst of extreme economic crisis. On January 17, a federal judge approved a plan for the state to advance $3.2 million in state allocations to the district that it had been scheduled to get later in the year. The amount should be enough to allow the district to make payroll and meet expenses for a few more weeks.   More »


Chester Upland teachers, ESPs pledge to work for delayed pay during school district's financial crisis

Delaware County's Chester Upland School District is on the verge of financial collapse. In June, its state funding was cut by $8.4 million, a 14 percent reduction in state aid. By December, the school distirct was virtually out of money, unable to meet its payroll and pay its bills. District officials asked the governor for an advance on the district's subsidy payments, but his education secretary refused.  More »


PSEA President says school funding crisis is getting worse

As school districts struggle to compile their FY 2012-2013 budgets, the school funding crisis caused by Gov. Tom Corbett’s unprecedented $860 million in public school funding cuts is getting worse and forcing districts to cut more essential programs that help students succeed.  More »


Advocacy makes a difference on vouchers and charter school expansion

On December 14, the state House of Representatives abandoned efforts to pass Gov. Corbett's tuition voucher plan, hearing the concerns of two-thirds of Pennsylvanians who oppose this bad policy. Shortly after, state representatives voted down a charter expansion bill by a vote of 105-90.  More »


Pennsylvanians talk about education reform

In September 2011, Terry Madonna Opinion Research conducted a survey of Pennsylvanians. The survey asked for opinions about a variety of education reform initiatives. Find out what Pennsylvanians said.  More »


State senate passes voucher bill

The state Senate passed legislation that includes a program to provide tax-funded tuition vouchers to students attending private and religious schools. The program would cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $200 million by 2013-14. The bill now moves to the state House for consideration.  More »


PSEA, NEA leaders and Dr. Sanjay Gupta visit Reading for investigation into crumbling schools

Students in Chris Meyer’s 7th grade classroom refer to it as the “Day of the Waterfall.” They were taking a test when the rain outside came pouring through a light fixture in the ceiling. The water hit the exposed wires and sparks flew as the students were sitting in collected puddles of water.  More »


PSEA President: Stop Gov. Corbett’s attacks on public education

As Gov. Tom Corbett redoubles his attacks on public education in the final days of the General Assembly’s fall session, PSEA President Mike Crossey strongly cautions legislators that these proposals will hurt Pennsylvania’s public school students and drain resources from public schools still reeling from $860 million in funding cuts.  More »


Ohio referendum to protect collective bargaining has lessons for Pennsylvania

On November 8, Ohio residents overwhelmingly voted to repeal a law aimed at slashing the benefits and bargaining rights of nearly 400,000 public employees. Reacting to the news, PSEA President Mike Crossey urged the Commonwealth's policymakers to abandon Gov. Tom Corbett's legislative initiatives that the public strongly opposes.  More »


PSEA member talks school modernization with President Obama

President Obama invited a group of NEA members, education activists, and stakeholders from across the country to attend a working meeting on education jobs and school modernization.  More »


Pennsylvanians support proven school improvement strategies, oppose vouchers and funding cuts for public schools

Terry Madonna Opinion Research - Sept 2011 - Image 2Pennsylvanians strongly support investing in tutoring students, reducing class sizes and making schools safer. By a similarly wide margin, Pennsylvanians oppose creating a taxpayer-funded voucher system for private and religious schools.  More »


Vice President Joe Biden visits York City school to urge support for American Jobs Act

PSEA Vice President Jerry Oleksiak and members of the York City EA, York City ESP, and PSEA-Retired welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to Goode Elementary School on October 18 as he rallied support for the American Jobs Act, which would invest as much as $1.15 billion in Pennsylvania's public schools and support 14,000 education jobs.  More »


Unpopular, expensive, untested voucher plans take public education in the wrong direction

Citing overwhelming public opposition to expensive, untested tuition voucher schemes and to Gov. Tom Corbett’s $860 million in public school funding cuts, PSEA strongly opposes Senate Bill 1, which includes a voucher program with an estimated cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.  More »


PSEA-Retired members speak up for public schools

When Gov. Corbett went to the Lincoln Edison Charter School in York to unveil a set of education "reform" ideas that would divert even more money from the public schools, PSEA-Retired President Sue Jones and a group of PSEA-Retired members were there to meet him.  More »


Focus on proven strategies for school improvement, not voucher schemes

Teachers, taxpayers and parents want real education reforms that are proven to work for all of Pennsylvania’s students, not initiatives to drain more tax dollars from public schools. Research-backed education reforms, coupled with adequate and equitable resources, will do more to improve student achievement than the initiatives outlined by Gov. Tom Corbett at an October 11 news conference in York, PA.  More »


Latest Pennsylvania student achievement results demonstrate value of support for proven educational methods

Student achievement results for the 2010-2011 school year released September 29 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education confirm what educators already know: investments in proven educational methods work for students.  More »


Advertorial: An untapped natural resource

What if Pennsylvania had a valuable natural resource our elected officials weren't tapping? Marcellus Shale? Coal? Iron ore? No. Something even more valuable. People. Education professionals.  More »


Proposed changes to charter school law undermine public education and local control

Some members of the state House of Representatives are making a push to pass new legislation to allow the state to award charters to for-profit companies to take over hundreds of public schools, diverting even more funding from programs that our students need.  More »


New report details impact of brutal school funding cuts on Pennsylvania students

As Pennsylvania children start the new school year, they are finding fewer teachers and school staff, larger class sizes, reduced course offerings, outdated textbooks, reduced opportunities for extra help, and cuts to and fees charged for extracurricular activities.  More »


An interview with Mike Crossey

For a guy who never intended to become a teacher, Mike Crossey has become as much a part of the public education landscape as a yellow school bus ambling down a country road.  More »


PSEA creates special membership opportunity for furloughed members

No one needs to be reminded of the tough times we’re facing. As school districts announce furloughs and program cuts, PSEA members who receive furlough notices, and their families, know what these tough times mean. We continue to face challenging times, but PSEA is here to help.  More »


Cutting funds makes it harder for public schools to succeed

If we want to improve the performance of our public schools, we should cut school funding. And we should make really big cuts in our most challenged schools. Really? Does someone really believe this? Sadly, yes. The Corbett administration recently cut public school funding by $860 million - with unprecedented cuts that hit Pennsylvania’s struggling schools the hardest.  More »


PSEA labor history project

The history of organized labor in the United States and the history of our Association is filled with compelling, important stories. These stories not only show where we’ve been, but illustrate the tremendous power of unions, solidarity, and collective action. PSEA tells these stories through words, images, and video at  More »


PSEA President: Vouchers shortchange public school students

PSEA President Jim Testerman questioned how Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration could support an expensive new entitlement program after cutting public school funding by $860 million in this year’s state budget.  More »


PSEA honors Gary Smith

PSEA honors longtime colleague Gary Smith, who passed away July 17, 2011, after a year-long battle with cancer. He worked for PSEA for 17 years, in a variety of positions, most recently as PSEA’s Region Field Director for Mideastern Region.   More »


Privatization of the PA Wine and Spirits Shops is a bad deal for taxpayers

The misguided attempt to dismantle the PA Wine and Spirits Shops would cost more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians their jobs and badly-needed revenue that now funds vital state programs, the leaders of the PA Coalition for Labor Engagement and Accountable Revenues (CLEAR) said in a recent public statement.  More »


Unprecedented cuts to public school funding will have consequences on student achievement.

Governor Tom Corbett’s refusal to reduce unprecedented funding cuts to K-12 public education will have lasting consequences for Pennsylvania’s 1.8 million public school students. The 2011-2012 state budget includes $860 million in cuts to K-12 public education, in part because the governor insisted on maintaining more than $500 million of Pennsylvania’s growing revenue surplus in a state reserve fund  More »


PSEA-Retired receives national honors for membership growth

PSEA-Retired members know that retiring from your job doesn't mean you retire from PSEA and the important activities of your Association. These retired educators value their membership, and play an active role in PSEA and the future of public education.  More »


Educator evaluation primarily based on standardized test scores doesn’t measure up

The research speaks for itself - Pennsylvania schools are among the best in the nation - and so are our educators. Educators and education support professionals deliver the power of a great education in PA schools and classrooms every day. But a new proposal released by the PA Department of Education would make students’ standardized test scores a major part of teacher evaluation.  More »


PSEA unveils 'Solutions that Work' to reform public education

On June 6, PSEA unveiled Solutions that Work, a comprehensive blueprint for change in public education, at a press briefing at the organization's Harrisburg headquarters.  More »


PSEA President urges lawmakers to use revenue surplus to prevent devastating school funding cuts

PSEA President James P. Testerman urges Senate members and budget negotiators to use the Commonwealth’s growing revenue surplus to prevent devastating state funding cuts to Pennsylvania’s public schools.  More »


PSEA urges lawmakers to reject harmful cuts to education

The House of Representatives is due this week to vote on a state budget. PSEA urges lawmakers to vote against a budget that slashes funds for public schools and other programs serving Pennsylvania’s children and most vulnerable citizens.  More »


PSEA delegates elect new officers and NEA Directors

PSEA member delegates representing their colleagues at the May 2011 PSEA House of Delegates in Philadelphia voted to elect Michael J. Crossey, a teacher from the Keystone Oaks School District, to a two-year term as PSEA president, beginning Sept. 1.  More »


Governor Corbett should stop 'blame game' and fund Pennsylvania's public schools

The Governor’s proposed $1.2 billion in public school funding cuts is the problem that he should focus on solving, rather than creating a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program for private schools, the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association said today.  More »


PSEA seeks improvements to legislation allowing economic furloughs for teachers

Legislation that would permit furloughs of teachers for economic reasons could be improved with language establishing a “trigger” mechanism to minimize adverse effects on students.  More »


May 3 Rally for A Responsible Budget

Nearly 5,000 Pennsylvanians - including nearly 1,000 PSEA members and staff - attended the May 3 Rally for a Responsible Budget on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg.  More »


Hundreds rally in Bellefonte to send a message to legislators

A torrential downpour and lightning didn’t drown out the roaring message from more than 250 PSEA Central Region members and other public education supporters Tuesday as they joined in solidarity to attend a “Public Education: We Are One” Rally at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte.  More »


Locals in Action: Steel Valley EA's TEACH program

Across the state, local associations are preparing for the PSEA Week of Action - April 25 to 29.  But locals like Allegheny County’s Steel Valley EA already have their plans in full swing.  Steel Valley’s 153 members know what Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $1.2 billion in school cuts means to their schools and students – and they are working hard to T.E.A.C.H. him.  More »


Pennsylvania opinion polls show widespread opposition to vouchers

A new opinion poll makes it clear - Pennsylvanians oppose proposals to create a tax-funded tuition voucher scheme. PSEA President Jim Testerman said today’s release of findings from Terry Madonna Opinion Research shows that by a wide margin,  the citizens of Pennsylvania do not like the idea of a state-funded program for some parents to enroll their children in private, parochial or religious schools.  More »


Budget cuts to education will harm students, force local property tax increases

An unprecedented $1 billion in funding cuts to public school classrooms  would reverse years of significant academic gains, forcing school districts to increase property taxes and eliminate programs that work in order to balance their budgets.  More »


PSEA President responds to Governor's call for a one-year pay freeze

PSEA President Jim Testerman released a March 16 statement responding to Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for school employees to consider a one-year pay freeze.  More »


PSEA supports Wisconsin and Ohio workers' rights

Across the nation, school employees' and public employees' rights to organize and collectively bargain are under attack. Learn more about what's happening and how you can show your support for workers' rights.  More »


PSEA resolution supports Wisconsin Education Association Consortium

PSEA resolution supports Wisconsin Education Association Consortium The PSEA Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the members of the Wisconsin Education Association Consortium and all Wisconsin union members, whose rights to collectively bargain are being threatened by their governor  More »


Unproven, unaccountable voucher plan could cost taxpayers $1 billion

The tuition voucher program proposed in the State Senate could cost as much as $1 billion and could do lasting damage in Pennsylvania public schools.  More »


Meet Cynthia Begley: PSEA's Education Support Professional of the Year

Hailing from Abington School District and this year’s recipient of the PSEA ESP of the Year Award, Cynthia Begley began her career with the school district more than 12 years ago.  More »


Abington EA member named 2011 PA Teacher of the Year

Abington EA member Jeffery Chou will represent Pennsylvania as 2011 Teacher of the Year. Chou teaches 6th grade at Highlands Elementary School in the Abington School District in Montgomery County.  More »


Changes to PDE's Evaluation of Master's Equivalency Applications

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently finalized the changes it is making to its review of Master’s Equivalency (MEQ) applications. At issue is PDE’s interpretation of the following longstanding language from Chapter 49.  More »


Health update: Pertussis (whooping cough) on the rise in Pennsylvania

Pertussis, also called “whooping cough,” is a highly contagious but treatable disease affecting the lungs and air passages. The infection is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. As cases continue to appear in schools and classrooms across Pennsylvania, it's important to learn about the disease and how to prevent it.  More »


January 4: Wear Red For Public Ed

Show your support for public schools by wearing red on January 4.  More »


PSEA member action made a difference in 2010

PSEA members deliver the power of a great education for students, working in our schools and classrooms. In 2010, more than 100,000 members went even further, SPEAKING UP for PA kids and schools at every opportunity. PSEA members’ e-mails, telephone calls, post cards, and visits to lawmaker offices helped to make achieve historic victories for children and public education.
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PSEA President applauds legislators for passage of pension reform bill

Thanks to a bipartisan problem-solving approach by state lawmakers, a serious fiscal problem confronting Pennsylvania’s public employee pension systems won’t have to wait for action until next year.  More »


Video: Everyone Deserves A Living Wage

PSEA believes that all Pennsylvania workers deserve a living wage. PSEA recently premiered a new tool in our campaign to help education support professionals earn a living wage. The video featuring PSEA members talking about the importance of a living wage.  More »


PSEA supports House lawmakers' willingness to return to Harrisburg

The leaders of the state House of Representatives should pay attention to legislators who want to return to session this week to pass pension reform and other important legislation.  More »


Speak up about Waiting for Superman

'Waiting for Superman' will reach Pennsylvania movie theaters in October. The film raises important issues - but a 90-minute film cannot cover the thoughtful and more meaningful conversations all of us must have to improve public education.  More »


An informed guide on 'Waiting for Superman'

Education documentary 'Waiting for Superman' is now playing in Pennsylvania movie theaters. The film purports to analyze the failures of the American public education system by following several students.  It's gotten a lot of attention: Time Magazine, Education Week, The Nation, and other national publications have covered the film extensively. The issue was a focus of the Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC's Education Nation Teacher Townhall.  More »


Tony Danza talks about respect for public school teachers

NEA Today caught up with actor Tony Danza to talk with him about his year teaching sophomore English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Danza discussed everything from the public dialogue about education and teachers, to what it’s like to tackle the demands of teaching in front of a camera crew.  More »


Check out the new

Members of HealthCare-PSEA have a new, virtual place to call home. features news and resources for current members, and information for health care employees across the state.  More »


PSEA calls on state Senate to end delays, pass responsible pension reform

PSEA President Jim Testerman called on the state Senate not to repeat the mistakes of the past, and to pass a responsible pension reform measure when the lawmakers return to Harrisburg this week.  More »


PA schools continue their strong return on investment

Thanks to the support of Pennsylvania state government and taxpayers, and the hard work of educators, public schools are continuing to demonstrate strong academic achievement.  More »


PSEA honors John Clark

PSEA honors longtime colleague John Clark, who passed away September 2, 2010.  More »


PA schools share funds for improvement from federal stimulus act

Thanks to the federal stimulus funds, aid to help students in struggling schools is on the way. The PA Department of Education Thursday announced that Pennsylvania schools will share in $101 million in grants designed to raise student achievement.  More »


PSEA surprised that PA will not receive Race to the Top funds

PSEA President Jim Testerman expressed surprise that the federal government did not select Pennsylvania as a recipient for Race to the Top, the federal competitive grant program intended to encourage education innovation.  More »


New Verizon Wireless discounts now available

Buying a new cell phone, new accessories, or paying for current cell phone service could be more affordable for members who take advantage of a new discount opportunity exclusively for PSEA members.  More »


Class sizes matter

Studies in recent years have shown what teachers have long contended: There is a link between smaller class sizes and student achievement. Reduced class sizes enable teachers to provide more individualized instruction. Studies show students in smaller classes during their elementary years tend to take more advanced courses in high school, and are more likely to graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class.  More »


School nurses say improved ratio could save lives

Each school day, Pennsylvania’s school nurses face the stressful potential of pinballing back and forth between schools in order to safeguard students’ health. The Pennsylvania School Code requires just one certified school nurse for every 1,500 students, making travel between several buildings a daily possibility for PSEA school nurse members  More »


Cutting education funding doesn’t save money. Just the opposite.

Critics of public education have latched on to a few well-honed political sound bites that unfortunately often get repeated by the news media without proper vetting. Such was the case with the recent editorial, “State ignores school waste: Good money after bad.’’ Spreading misperceptions and half-truths does an injustice to all involved in public education, but particularly to the many fine students in Pennsylvania schools.  More »


Investments in public education will help students succeed

PSEA President Jim Testerman commended elected officials for a $250 million increase for basic education in the 2010-11 state budget, saying it will help protect against deep cuts in the public schools and will help Pennsylvania’s students continue their achievement gains.  More »


PSEA members bring the fight for pensions and school funding to the Capitol

School funding cuts, education layoffs, and cuts to school employee pensions would hurt everyone – schools, students, and communities. In the heat of the budget battle, PSEA members made sure legislators hear that message.  More »


PSEA and AFT-PA support bipartisan pension reform legislation

PSEA and AFT-PA support House Bill 2497 - bipartisan legislation to address the Commonwealth’s pension crisis by refinancing employer contributions and restructuring benefits for employees.  More »


Student PSEA members get their careers on track at 2010 conference

Amidst student teaching, preparing for final exams, and juggling the typical student schedule, more than 350 future teachers traveled to Reading, PA to attend the 2010 Student PSEA Conference and Convention. Attendees found a wide variety of workshops, including classroom management, leadership, technology, student achievement, culture and diversity, and surviving the first year of teaching.  More »


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Each May, PSEA and the NEA join the national celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We take time to recognize the special contributions of people of Asian and Pacific-Island heritage. The lessons here introduce students to famous Asian Americans and explore their origins and their literature.  More »


PSEA praises Governor Rendell’s appointment of Tom Gluck as Education Secretary

The nomination of Tom Gluck, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as the next state Secretary of Education, is a wise decision, according to PSEA President Jim Testerman.  More »


Future teachers win PSEA scholarships

The goal of becoming a teacher was made a little bit easier for five future educators, thanks to PSEA. Five Student PSEA members and two high school students have won this year’s Lucy A. Valero Scholarships.  More »


State College charter school employees vote to join PSEA

The employees of the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School in State College voted on March 29 to unionize with the Pennsylvania State Education Association. The new union includes teachers, speech and language therapists, guidance counselors, librarians, teacher aides, custodians, and secretaries.  More »


PSEA president commends state efforts on Race to the Top application

Although Pennsylvania came up short in the initial bid to receive federal funds for school improvement in the Race to the Top grant program, kudos should go to all from the Keystone State who participated in the application process, said PSEA President Jim Testerman.  More »


Clairton paraprofessionals vote to organize with PSEA

Paraprofessionals in the Clairton School District, Western Region, understand the importance of organizing. Employees voted Yes on March 25 to form a union with PSEA. The Clairton Education Support Professionals has a potential of adding new PSEA members.  More »


The pension crisis in moving pictures

The fight to protect our PSERS pension fund likely will continue through much of 2010. When moving forward, it’s important to understand where we’ve been. To help, PSEA has created an animation to help explain the current debate  More »


PSEA praises House vote as positive step for Pennsylvania students

On March 23 the PA House of Representatives made an important statement on behalf of Pennsylvania’s public schools. With bipartisan support, the House approved a $354 million increase for basic education in the budget proposal now forwarded to the PA Senate.
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'Blueprint' proposal for ESEA reauthorization needs redrafting

The Obama Administration this weekend unveiled its "blueprint" proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also referred to as No Child Left Behind). The result is a disappointing outline for more of the same focus on testing, according to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. As a result, the NEA cannot support the plan as released.  More »


PSEA and AFL-CIO sign historic labor solidarity partnership agreement

The presidents of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and PSEA signaled the beginning of a new, stronger bond, signing historic agreement to allow for greater solidarity and advocacy on behalf of working Pennsylvanians.  More »


Williamsport ESPs win a major battle in the fight against subcontracting

After a two-year battle, the Williamsport Area Education Support Professional Association (WAESPA), applauds a decision by the PA Labor Relations Board (PLRB) which calls on the Williamsport Area School District to rescind its contract with a private bus company and to reinstate the 38 former WAESPA drivers with back pay.  More »


PSEA commends governor for continued investment in education

An increase in state funds for the 2010-11 fiscal year is critical to achieve Pennsylvania’s goal of strong schools, successful children and vibrant communities.  More »


PSEA announces Vision for a great public education

On January 7, PSEA released a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive document that uses educational research and decades of practice to outline what really makes a difference for students and quality education.  More »


NEA Academy Partners with the Anti-Defamation League

The National Education Association (NEA) Academy has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, to offer the NEA's 3.2 million members access to the ADL's online professional development tool, Making Diversity Count.  More »


PSEA tells legislators to 'Keep the Promise'

PSEA President Jim Testerman on December 16 delivered a  a clear message to state lawmakers: protect public school employee pensions.  More »


PSEA-Retired supports the Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship

PSEA Retired is collecting donations for the NEA Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship, and you can make a difference in the life of a future educator with your donation.  More »


Keeping H1N1 and the flu out of schools

Recommendations for protecting schools from exposure to H1N1 in the upcoming school year focus on minimizing exposure, not closing schools.  More »


Perkiomen Valley food service workers vote to organize with PSEA

On November 16, food service workers in Perkiomen Valley School District voted to organize with PSEA, joining the Perkiomen Valley Maintenance/Custodial Association.  More »


Reading EA co-sponsors 'Together In Support Of Our Exceptional Children' seminar

On October 31, the Reading Education Association Community Committee and several partnering organizations held a seminar titled “Together In Support Of Our Exceptional Children” at the Hopewell Mennonite Church in Reading, PA. More than 75 educators, parents, administrators and community partners attended the event.  More »


PSEA calls for changes to federal Race To The Top regulations

PSEA submitted a formal response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed guidelines for the “Race to the Top” competitive incentive grant program to states, recommending changes that encourage states to adopt research-based reforms in public education.  More »


Nurses go the extra mile to deal with H1N1

For PSEA members who work as school nurses, health care aides, public health care workers and hospital nurses, the surge of H1N1 cases this fall in schools and hospitals has made their jobs more stressful and hectic as they struggle to meet the demands of more sick students and patients, along with growing concerns about a possible pandemic.  More »


Support Staff in Southern Tioga Public Schools Vote to Join PSEA

Southern Tioga school employees, including secretaries, paraprofessionals, nurse aides, cafeteria workers, and custodial and maintenance workers voted on October 29 to unionize with PSEA.  More »


Pine Richland EA member named PA's Teacher of the Year

Michelle Switala, Treasurer of the Pine Richland EA and mathematics teacher at Pine Richland High School delivers the power of a great education through her work in the classroom and for her local association. On October 27, her contributions and excellence in the classroom were recognized across the state when PA Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak announced Switala as Pennsylvania's 2010 Teacher of the Year.  More »


Urge Congress to support the Employee Free Choice Act

Urge Senator Specter and your representative in Congress to support the Employee Free Choice Act. This important, bipartisan legislation, protects workers' rights to organize and join a union without harassment or retaliation from employers.   More »


Jefferson Morgan Education Support Professionals vote to form a union with PSEA

On October 14, the education support professionals in the Jefferson Morgan School District in Southwestern Region voted to form a union with PSEA.  More »


State budget ensures continued progress in funding public education

PSEA commends the General Assembly and the Governor for making Pennsylvania schoolchildren a priority in the 2009-10 budget and for keeping their commitment to full and fair funding of Pennsylvania’s 500 public schools by 2014.  More »


PSEA welcomes three new local associations

On September 24, three groups of education employees in Belle Vernon School District and Bristol Borough School District voted to form unions with PSEA.  More »


Nominate Pennsylvania's 2011 Teacher of the Year

  The selection of a Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year focuses public attention on excellence in teaching within the Commonwealth.  By honoring an exemplary member of the profession, we are highlighting the contributions of thousands of dedicated educators. The Pennsylvania  More »


Northwestern Region supports research that could lead to a cure for cancer

At a September 22 Northwestern Region Executive Committee meeting, PSEA members representing locals throughout the Region pledged support for the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, advancing technology that could cure cancer.  More »


NEA President Dennis Van Roekel addresses national AFL-CIO convention

Power comes from unity. That was the message delivered by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel when became the first NEA President to address the national AFL-CIO convention.  More »


PSEA members march in Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

Despite a rainy, dreary Labor Day on Sept. 7, PSEA members proudly participated in a celebration of American labor. PSEA Vice President Mike Crossey led a group of PSEA members and their families wearing black and gold "UNION STRONG" T-shirts to march in the 25th Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh.  More »


PSEA President Urges Schools To Allow Students To View President Obama’s Address

PSEA President Jim Testerman issued the following statement about Tuesday's Presidential Address to American students: “President Obama’s planned speech to America’s schoolchildren next week is an opportunity for students to participate in democracy. It should not be politicized by the President’s opponents."  More »


Bethlehem residents stand up for schools

Bethlehem residents believe in the power of a great education, and took to the streets on Sunday, August 23, to speak out for the future of their district. Hundreds of educators, community leaders, parents, students and labor leaders held a protest rally at Bethlehem’s City Hall to voice strong opposition to the school board’s drastic budget cuts.  More »


PSEA-Retired approves first-ever House of Delegates

The PSEA-Retired Board of Directors recently adopted a change to the Constitution and Bylaws to create a biennial Retired House of Delegates and change the way state officers are elected. This formalized process is consistent with other PSEA elections.  More »


PSEA members attend NEA Republican Leaders Conference

Anne Loeffler, Southern Region PACE Chairperson and member of the Lincoln IU#12 EA, was one of three PSEA members to attend this year's NEA Republican Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. Loeffler, along with Nadia Prisuta, member of Sharpsville EA and John Odell, member of Phoenixville EA joined more than 100 members of the National Education Association to take part in three days of skills training and networking.  More »


New Teachers: Planning for Your First Day at School

When it comes to planning ahead, of course, the secret to success is in the details. Use this checklist to help you with any details you might have overlooked in planning for your first day at school as a new teacher.  More »


PSEA President Calls For Conference Committee To Support K-12 Education Funding In State Budget

PSEA President Jim Testerman renewed the call on leaders of the General Assembly to focus their talks on the state budget on the real needs of students. “School funding reform in Pennsylvania will either move forward or halt -- perhaps for many years -- with this state budget,” said Testerman. “The children of the high school class of 2022 are entering kindergarten this fall, and in education there are no do-overs.  More »


PSEA Legal Division victory protects members' home addresses

A preliminary July 29 court order will safeguard PSEA members’ home addresses from being released to the public. Earlier this year, changes to the Right-To-Know law expanded the information available to the public from state and local government.  More »


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