PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
Pennsylvania’s public schools should be the safest and healthiest places for students to learn and grow. To make sure they are, we need the most qualified teachers, teaching assistants, school nurses, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
As part of the final rush to pass a state budget and related legislation by June 30, the state Senate passed a controversial bill that would arm educators in schools and put the safety of students and staff at risk.
Senate Bill 383 passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 22, even though PSEA, law enforcement organizations, and teachers who witnessed the Sandy Hook massacre strongly opposed it.
“Our Association opposes arming teachers, education support professionals, and other school staff whose primary responsibility should continue to be educating students, not policing school buildings and grounds with firearms,” PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak said.
Oleksiak reiterated that PSEA is not opposed to the use of appropriately trained and armed school safety personnel in schools, such as school safety officers that some districts employ.
However, the bill the Senate passed clearly makes schools less safe.
“PSEA will continue to support strategies to keep students safe,” Oleksiak said. “This bill endangers students, and we remain strongly opposed to it.”