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PSEA is a community of 181,000 education professionals who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. Our strength comes not only from our numbers, but from our beliefs, our values, and our passion.

Every time we speak up for what we believe, we harness the power of collective action.

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That’s the question we’ll be asking EA and ESP members this fall, and we hope you’ll help.

We need every EA and ESP member to answer a five-question survey summarizing your attitudes about our Association. 

PSEA praises Gov. Wolf’s plan to reduce the length of the PSSA

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced this week that Pennsylvania will reduce the length of the PSSA by an average of 20 percent in grades three through eight.

 

News And Events

December 07, 2017

PA House advances payroll deduction but goes home without voting on it

The PA House adjourned Dec. 8 without voting on Senate Bill 166, a payroll deduction bill aimed at silencing the voices of working people and attacking the unions that represent them. 

November 15, 2017

Congratulations to Susan Lynam, PSEA's 2017 ESP of the Year

On ESP Day, PSEA salutes hardworking education support professionals like Susan.

November 15, 2017

PSEA supports new bills to protect ESP members from subcontracting threats

In an effort to protect education support professionals from having their jobs subcontracted to for-profit companies, state senators and representatives have introduced bills to increase the transparency and accountability that goes into these life-changing decisions.

November 06, 2017

Budget Update: Here's the latest from the state Capitol

On Oct. 30, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a revenue bill and several remaining budget bills passed by the state Senate and House last week.

On Nov. 6, Gov. Wolf allowed an omnibus School Code bill to go into law without his signature. The bill includes changes to educators’ seniority rights and furlough rules. PSEA opposed these changes from the beginning. But, thanks to PSEA members’ advocacy, Gov. Wolf, and our legislative allies, the plan ensures that seniority is the determining factor in furlough decisions for the overwhelming majority of educators.

October 24, 2017

Tuition voucher bill could cost school districts $500 million

On Oct. 24, state Senate Education Committee members voted on a tuition voucher bill that could cost school districts more than $500 million. However, due to a procedural issue, the bill has been returned to the committee, where it could be voted again at any time.

October 12, 2017

School nurse travels to Puerto Rico to help hurricane victims

Cheryl Mattern, a certified school nurse in Central York School District, and a member of both the PSEA and NEA boards of directors, is working in Puerto Rico to help people affected by Hurricane Maria.

October 11, 2017

CBS Sunday spotlights career and technical education in Pennsylvania

CBS Sunday’s Oct. 1 episode featured a segment called, “Rebuilding America's pool of construction workers,” discussing the shortage of skilled labor across the United States, and efforts to address it.

The search for solutions led them to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Career & Technical Institute.

September 12, 2017

Learning Lessons: Teachers in the Parks

Video: On a summer day in Exeter Township, – happy and carefree at the community pool. But upon closer inspection, these children are learning. And they are loving it. This is Teachers in the Parks. Watch this innovative program in action.

September 10, 2017

State ESSA plan puts focus on multiple measures of school and student performance

No Child Left Behind is out. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is coming in.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has put forth a plan to implement the new federal education law in the 2017-18 school year.

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In our Locals

A strong commitment to volunteerism in Butler EA

Teachers in the Parks bridges the summer learning gap

Juniata Valley teacher brings science alive

Chocolate, roller coasters, and libraries

Teacher of the Year urges educators to speak up

Issues & Action

PSEA Lobby Days

More than 100 PSEA members traveled to Harrisburg in June to meet with their state legislators on issues like school funding and high-stakes testing. 

Read just a few of their stories. 

High-Stakes Testing

PSEA is working with elected officials from both parties to reduce high-stakes standardized testing in our schools.