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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.

PSEA officers begin new terms

Dolores McCracken, a paraprofessional with nearly two decades of service in Council Rock School District became PSEA president on September 2.

McCracken is joined by PSEA Vice President Rich Askey, a music teacher from Harrisburg School District, and Jeff Ney, an elementary teacher from Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

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

October 18, 2017

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

On Oct. 18, state representatives passed an omnibus School Code bill by a vote of 105-81 that includes a plan to make it easier to furlough experienced educators. Learn more at www.psea.org/seniority

This vote came a day after state representatives passed a revenue bill to fund the state budget they passed nearly four months ago. The bill does not include any recurring revenues – which would prevent future budget impasses. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf’s leadership, Pennsylvania can continue to pay its bills as legislators begin another attempt to fund the state budget.

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 28, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court revives case challenging how the state funds public schools

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a Sept. 28 ruling in a case alleging the state is failing in its constitutional obligations to provide a “thorough and efficient system of education,” and is not closing the gap in funding differences between wealthier and poorer school districts.

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.