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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 28, 2017

State budget update

On June 30, the General Assembly passed a state budget that includes public school spending priorities championed by PSEA members and Gov. Tom Wolf.

And on July 27, the state Senate approved a balanced revenue package and legislation impacting public education in Pennsylvania. 

However, the state House of Representatives has not yet acted on these final budget-related bills, and it is unclear when state representatives will return to finish this important work on the state budget.

July 22, 2017

PSEA Board fills vacancies on state officer team in wake of Oleksiak's Cabinet appointment

Following the news that President Jerry Oleksiak will leave PSEA on September 2 to join Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet as secretary of Labor and Industry, the PSEA Board of Directors has taken action to ensure a smooth transition in the three-member state officer team.

July 21, 2017

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.

February 01, 2017

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 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.