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Greetings from ‘PSEA Antarctica’

Michael Penn, a teacher in the Shaler Area School District, Allegheny County, is currently one of five teachers from across the country who is spending six weeks in Antarctica as part of a research team selected by PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating).

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Through magazine stories and videos, see featured PSEA members doing great things in our public schools. 

PSEA President congratulates Tom Wolf as he begins second term

“From day one, Gov. Tom Wolf has partnered with educators from across Pennsylvania to make public education a top priority,” said PSEA President Rich Askey. “We look forward to continuing the work we started and ensuring every student in Pennsylvania gets a high-quality education."

PSEA’s new vice president

Korri Brown, a high school emotional support teacher from the Kennett Consolidated School District, is PSEA’s new vice president. The Board of Directors elected Brown on Nov. 29 to fill the position left open when Rich Askey, who served as VP beginning Sept. 1, 2017, became president following the death of Dolores McCracken earlier this month.

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Pension review commission recommends no changes to PSERS board

A report issued on Dec. 20 by the commission reviewing pension fund investments does not recommend changes in the structure of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System’s Board of Trustees on which five active or retired PSEA members serve.

Former student of PSEA-Retired member passes on lessons she learned 53 years ago

Joan Lazar ("Joanie" to Piccone) reached out to talk to her former first-greade teacher from Sabold Elementary in the Springfield School District, Delaware County, to tell her about the mpact she had on her life and to share what she is doing to honor her. 

PSEA members’ advocacy secures more graduation options for students

Thanks in large part to PSEA members’ advocacy, a bill giving high school seniors more options to fulfill graduation requirements has become law.

New school safety law provides schools $60 million in grants

Schools are getting $60 million in school safety grants thanks to a new state law that includes suggestions from PSEA members. 

Based on PSEA member feedback and other roundtable commentary from across the Commonwealth, the PA School Safety Task Force has released their full report identifying, “multiple themes, barriers and opportunities." 

 

Show PSEA pride. Save money. Get the PSEA Visa card

PSEA members can now get cash back and earn rewards on every purchase with the PSEA Signature Visa card.

In Memory of Dolores McCracken

Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, passed away on Nov. 13, following a brief battle with cancer.

Dolores McCracken was a local, region, and statewide PSEA leader for more than two decades, directing her talents and energy toward programs and initiatives that improved both public education and the lives and livelihoods of PSEA members.

In our Locals

Learning Lessons: Students mine history through song

Carlisle teacher receives Fulbright grant

Williamsport teacher helps save custodian’s life

Loyalsock Twp.'s Jennifer Wahl PA's 2018 Teacher of the Year

Adaptive music class gets students up and moving

York City students win top honors in youth leadership program

Meet PSEA's Celebrating Excellence winners

Central Valley nurses ask, ‘Did You Know?’

Issues & Action

Alternative graduation pathways

Senate Bill 1095 has now become law. This important legislation creates alternative pathways to graduation that remove the heavy focus on standardized testing. 

Tuition vouchers

A tuition voucher bill in the PA Senate would drain more than $500 million in state funding from PA public schools.