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Upper Darby school secretary is PSEA’s 2018 Education Support Professional of the Year

Denise Kennedy, an elementary school secretary in the Upper Darby School District, is PSEA’s 2018 Education Support Professional of the Year.

August 29, 2018

PSEA members help shape PA’s first ever School Safety Task Force Report

Based on PSEA member feedback and other roundtable commentary from across the Commonwealth, the PA School Safety Task Force has released their full report identifying, “multiple themes, barriers and opportunities." 

June 27, 2018

Divided Supreme Court eliminates fair share fees

A divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling today in Janus v. AFSCME that further rigs the rules against working people.

June 22, 2018

Legislature approves bill creating comprehensive safe schools program

The legislation provides school districts $60 million in school safety grants for a menu of security, training, prevention, and counseling programs. It also creates a "Safe2Say" program.

June 22, 2018

Lawmakers approve state budget plan that makes public education a priority

State lawmakers approved a 2018-19 state budget plan that invests in classrooms, career and technical education, early childhood programs, special education, higher education, and school safety grants.

June 22, 2018

Senate bill removes heavy focus on standardized testing as graduation requirement

The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill that provides students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements beyond the high-stakes Keystone Exams.

March 15, 2018

PSEA members propose policy ideas to keep schools safe

During a state House Education Committee meeting, PSEA President Dolores McCracken shared policy suggestions from educators and support professionals aimed at making Pennsylvania’s public schools safe from violence.

February 20, 2018

Report shows PA teachers underpaid

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

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.

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.