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Tell your state legislators that classroom experience matters

On July 27, the state Senate passed an omnibus School Code bill that includes changes to the current educator furlough process.

Because of Gov. Tom Wolf, our legislative allies, and PSEA member advocacy, this proposed educator furlough process is much better than previous attempts to change it.

However, PSEA still opposes this change because we know how important experience is in our schools and classrooms.

Key Issues

Learn more about key issues that impact public education.

Tell your state rep to fund the state budget

In late June, state legislators passed a state budget that includes essential funding increases for our students and schools. 

But now they need to find the money to pay for it. 

Tell your state representative to pass a responsible revenue package with recurring revenues to fund the state budget.

Tell lawmakers: There is no place in PA for Betsy DeVos' extreme agenda

It's no secret that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to strip away funding for public schools and send your tax dollars to private school operators. Now, her allies in Harrisburg are trying to do the same thing with your state tax dollars. Email your state lawmakers now and tell them to preserve critical funding for public education.

Take a smarter approach to the Keystone Exams

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support legislation that will prevent the state from requiring graduating students to pass the Keystone Exams to get their diplomas. The bill instead gives local school boards the authority to decide the academic impact of the Keystones.

Let's be clear about how standardized test results are used

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support legislation that will require that PSSA and Keystone Exam test results are used only to comply with federal law and for growth score calculations

Take a smarter approach to benchmark assessments

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support legislation that will prohibit public school entities from purchasing assessments from a private vendor that are designed to predict a student’s ability to succeed on the PSSA or Keystone Exam (commonly known as benchmark assessments).

Take a smarter approach to the PSSA testing timeline

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support legislation that will require the PA Department of Education to revise the PSSA testing schedule so that PSSAs are given three weeks prior to Memorial Day. The bill also requires all PSSA and Keystone Exam results to be provided to a chief school administrator no later than Aug. 15.

Allow parents to opt their students out of standardized testing

Send a message to your state lawmakers to support legislation that will give parents more discretion to opt their children out of certain standardized testing.

Contact your state senator

Contact your state senator regarding an issue that impacts your students, your school, or your profession. 

Contact your state representative

Contact your state representative regarding an issue that impacts your students, your school, or your profession. 

PSEA at the Capitol

Stay up-to-date on PSEA's work advocating for our students, our schools, and our professions in the state Capitol: