Because of PSEA members’ advocacy and Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of HB 805 last year, this new seniority proposal is far less damaging than previous versions—including a bill introduced by Sen. John Eichelberger that would have allowed furloughs of any educator for any reason.
Even under this proposal, seniority will remain a determining factor in furlough decisions for the vast majority of educators. In addition, the legislation includes provisions requiring:
- advanced notice from school boards of economic furloughs,
- the furloughing of an equal percentage of administrators and educators, and
- “anti-targeting” language that would punish administrators for making furlough decisions based on an educator’s salary.
Despite these improvements, PSEA still opposed this bill and will oppose any bill that uses factors other than seniority to determine furlough order.