The Economic Policy Institute released a research paper Feb. 15 showing that Pennsylvania educators’ weekly wages are 12 percent lower than comparable professionals in the state, and that this wage gap is likely contributing to Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage.
February 15, 2018
PSEA mourns the loss of union icon
PSEA members across the state are mourning the loss of long-time PSEA staff member Francis “Butch” Santicola, who passed away on Feb. 15.
February 09, 2018
North Pocono student, teacher win ‘My Teacher is an Olympian’ contest
Lillianna Fells, a third-grade student in North Pocono School District, is the winner of the “My teacher is an Olympian” contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Partners for Public Education, and the Pennsylvania PTA.
Fells’ entry explained the reasons she believes Sherri Hughes, her third-grade teacher at Moscow Elementary Center, exemplifies the qualities of an Olympic athlete.
February 06, 2018
Gov. Wolf's 2018-19 budget continues to make public education a priority
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a 2018-19 state budget proposal that recommends critical funding increases for basic education, special education, higher education, and career and technical education.
February 02, 2018
Punxsutawney EA's Jason Grusky is a member of the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle
Geomertry teacher Jason Grusky is a member of the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, known to many as the "men in top hats." They're responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year by planning the events, and by overseeing the care of Punxsutawney Phil himself.
February 01, 2018
Celebrate Black History Month
PSEA joins the nation in commemorating Black History Month. Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and their role in U.S. history. Find lesson plans and classroom materials to celebrate Black History Month in your classroom.
January 18, 2018
PA's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan receives federal approval
Gov. Tom Wolf's administration invited PSEA members and staff to help develop Pennsylvania's comprehensive, forward-thinking state ESSA plan. That plan earned the approval of the U.S. Department of Education on Jan. 17.
January 02, 2018
Gov. Wolf announces further reductions to PSSAs in 2018-19 school year
The move, announced in December, is designed to ease stress on students and to give them up to two additional weeks to learn before taking the assessment.
December 18, 2017
NEA-RA voting begins Dec. 18
In mid-December, PSEA members will be asked to vote for Pennsylvania delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA).
December 13, 2017
Loyalsock Township's Jennifer Wahl named PA's 2018 Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Wahl, a world history and psychology teacher and member of the Loyalsock Township Education Association, was named Pennsylvania's 2018 Teacher of the Year.
December 13, 2017
PA House defeats payroll deduction bill on bipartisan vote
On Dec. 12, the PA House defeated a payroll deduction bill aimed at silencing the voices of working Pennsylvanians.
December 13, 2017
Tuition voucher bill could cost school districts $500 million
PSEA members have sent more than 23,000 messages to lawmakers opposing a tuition voucher bill that would siphon money from Pennsylvania's most financially needy school districts.
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 13, 2017
American Education Week is November 13-17
During American Education Week, we celebrate public education and show our appreciation for the men and women who make a difference in students' lives every day.
November 14, 2017
Celebrate hardworking professionals on ESP Day Nov. 15
Send the ESPs you know a card to say thanks for all they do to keep our schools running and our students safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
October 26, 2017
Do you have one minute?
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.
October 12, 2017
Pennsylvania 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 18, 2017
NEA and Teaching Tolerance launch webinar series on school climate
NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Department teamed up with Teaching Tolerance to offer educators and support professionals three webinars on addressing hate and bias in schools.
September 02, 2017
PSEA officers McCracken, Askey, Ney begin new terms
A leader and longtime education advocate from the Council Rock School District became PSEA president on September 2.
August 16, 2017
Navigating difficult questions in the wake of Charlottesville violence
Students returning to school this fall may still be dealing with uncertainty and fear following the white nationalist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
August 15, 2017
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.
July 22, 2017
PSEA Board fills vacancies on state officer team in wake of Oleksiak's Cabinet appointment
PSEA Vice President: Outgoing President Oleksiak Will Make Excellent Labor Secretary
“Jerry Oleksiak has been an outstanding PSEA president, and he will be an excellent secretary of labor and industry. I have known Jerry for nearly 20 years, and I can tell you that he is one of the most fair-minded, committed, and dedicated leaders I’ve ever met."
July 03, 2017
Remembering Sue Houghton
Sue Houghton, a lifelong advocate of children and public education, passed away on June 28, 2017.
June 29, 2017
Senate bill puts students and staff at risk
The state Senate passed a controversial bill that would arm educators in schools and put the safety of students and staff at risk.
May 04, 2017
A week to honor teachers
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-12. National Teacher Day is Wednesday, May 9. PSEA joins the NEA, the PTA, and communities across the nation to honor teachers.
March 20, 2017
Policy brief: A Balanced and Researched-Based Approach to Standardized Testing
PSEA released a policy brief aimed at ensuring that standardized tests are used the way they were intended and do not interfere with classroom instruction.
March 02, 2017
Celebrate Read Across America
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program for every child in every community each March, celebrating the value of reading and the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss.
March 01, 2017
Celebrate Women's History Month
To help you commemorate the Women's Rights Movement and the achievements of women throughout our country's history, PSEA has compiled lesson plans, educational resources, and other information to bring Women's History Month into the classroom.
February 13, 2017
PSEA opposes bill that eliminates minimum sick and bereavement leave
In January, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 229 - legislation that eliminates minimum sick and bereavement leave standards for Pennsylvania's educators, nurses, and support professionals. PSEA strongly opposes this plan.
February 08, 2017
Gov. Wolf proposes innovative school breakfast initiative
Students who start the day with a healthy breakfast are ready to focus and learn - that's why Gov. Wolf's budget proposed $2 million to expand school breakfast programs across the state.
January 19, 2017
PSEA President: Fair share lawsuit undermines basic fairness and attacks union members
PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak issued a Jan. 19 statement related to a new lawsuit alleging that charging non-members fair share fees for services unions are legally required to provide them is unconstitutional.