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.
PA’s minimum teacher salary ($18,500) hasn’t increased since 1988. PA's minimum wage ($7.25), hasn’t been raised since 2009, and is lower than all neighboring states.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
The state Senate and House of Representatives have passed a 2018-19 budget plan that makes key investments in public education. Lawmakers also approved related bills enacting a number of pro-public education policies.
It is a great example of what happens when thousands of PSEA members speak up and advocate for a budget and education policies that put our schools and students first.
“Investing in our public schools is a top priority for the people of Pennsylvania, and this budget reflects that,” said PSEA President Dolores McCracken. “It ensures that Pennsylvania’s students have the resources they need to get the best possible education and that our public schools remain a strong foundation of our commonwealth.”
Key investments in our schools
Gov. Wolf, working in partnership with pro-public education lawmakers from both parties, has made public school funding a top priority throughout his term in office. Together, they have worked hard to craft a budget that makes key investments in our schools.
The budget plan includes:
Enhancing school safety
Lawmakers approved a separate bill that provides school districts $60 million in school safety grants for a menu of security, training, prevention, and counseling programs. It also creates the Safe2Say program, a safe and anonymous way for parents, school staff, students, and community members to report dangerous or criminal acts, threats, or instances of bullying.
A look at the school code bill
Lawmakers also approved a school code bill with several important education policy changes. Here’s a breakdown:
PSEA members make a difference
This budget and related education policy measures reflect the impact that PSEA members have when they speak out for pro-public education policies.
PSEA members sent thousands of emails, made thousands of phone calls, and held hundreds of face-to-face meetings in Harrisburg this month.
“PSEA members make a difference,” McCracken said. “Together, we made our voices heard advocating for the tools and resources that our schools need to give Pennsylvania’s students the very best education. This budget package includes those essential resources, and I commend Gov. Wolf and the General Assembly for making public education a top priority.”