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PA House advances payroll deduction but goes home without voting on it

The PA House adjourned Wednesday without voting on Senate Bill 166, a payroll deduction bill aimed at silencing the voices of working people and attacking the unions that represent them. 

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.

November 14, 2017

NEA-RA voting begins in December

In mid-December, PSEA members will be asked to vote for Pennsylvania delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA).

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 24, 2017

Senate Education Committee approves tuition voucher bill

On Oct. 24, state Senate Education Committee members voted 6 to 5 to approve a tuition voucher bill that could cost school districts more than $500 million.

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

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.