In October 2017, legislators passed a School Code bill that includes changes to educators’ seniority rights and furlough rules. On Nov. 6, Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the bill to become law without his signature. It is Act 55 of 2017.
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 vast majority of educators.
In June 2018, legislators passed a School Code bill amending Act 55 to ensure that experienced educators with multiple certifications are not furloughed simply because they teach in a program area a district intends to cut. This change addressed one of the major flaws in Pennsylvania’s new furlough law.