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Your Clearances Will Soon Expire

Act 153 of 2014 requires school employees to provide or renew State Police/FBI record checks and child abuse clearance statements. Additional changes to the law went into effect July 1, 2015. PSEA wants to ensure that all members understand how this policy affects them. Updated clearances are required every 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance. If you obtained your clearances when this law went into effect, you are approaching the end of the 60 month term. Please reach out to your HR department or visit this website for more information.

April 30, 2020: The General Assembly has passed legislation to extend the deadline for any current school employee who is due to update his or her FBI background check until December 31, 2020.  The bill is now on the governor’s desk and he is expected to sign it soon. Lawmakers made this change because many IdentoGO facilities that offer fingerprinting are closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. School employees who need to update their state background checks and child abuse clearances must still do so as scheduled, but those updates can be completed online now and don’t require fingerprints.

Is Retirement in Your Near Future?

If you are retiring at the end of the school year or calendar year here are steps that you should be taking with your district and PSERS:

  1. Carefully read your contract for information about when you need to provide notification to your district.
  2. Request a retirement estimate from PSERS via the website below. You can ask for up to two different scenarios (ex: retirement date of June 2020 or December 2020)
  3. Call the Southeast Regional PSERS office in Warminster (215.443.3495) to schedule Exit Counseling.

You can also sign up to be a PSEA-Retired member if you are in year one or year 35 of your career - or anywhere in between! The earlier you sign up, the more money you will save on dues. You can enroll in PSEA-Retired FOR LIFE with a one-time dues payment of $774, or break that into four payments of $193.50 over a two-year period. This is a great way to continue to stay involved and engaged with the work of the association as well as continued use of our member benefits. For more information and to enroll, visit this website.

Save on your Prescriptions

No matter what type of insurance you have or who provides it, this group has the potential to save you and your family money! Give it a try... this will go one of two ways:

  1. You enter your information, discover that there's a savings, and use the coupon

  2. You enter your information, discover that the prices listed are not less than your current copay, and continue to use your insurance for the prescription as you have in the past.

In short, you can use one method, but not both, to get the lowest price available. GoodRx operates this website as well as an app.

Featured Event: Will Night

Attorney A. Martin Herring, Esquire is the official provider of will preparation services for Mideastern Region members. Make an appointment to meet with him to create a will or update your current will.

Click on the Learn More box to view upcoming dates and for scheduling information. 

Act 48/Chapter 14 Nights

The Mideastern Region and Division members will have an opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of Act 48/Chapter 14 credit via evening events this upcoming school year! Please see below for event descriptions and registration:

  • Philadelphia Zoo Event - POSTPONED

  • Helping Students Build Connections with "Everyday Hero" Stories (Author Event) - POSTPONED
  • When: July 6, 9, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 at 10am; July 13 at 12 Noon, Virtual (synchronous 1-hour events using Google Meet) - Google Educator Level 1 Certification Boot Camp: Fundamentals Training

  • When: August 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, and 19 at 10am - Virtual (synchronous 1-hour events using Google Meet) Google Educator Level 2 Certification Boot Camp: Advanced Training

Bucks & Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium Meeting Dates

Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the following times, unless otherwise noted below. Meetings are held at either the PSEA Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville PA 18936) or at the Bucks County Intermedite Unit (705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901)

9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. - Governing Body

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. - Full Trustee Meeting

Future meeting dates and locations for the Bucks & Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium are:

 

  • Thursday Jun. 18th, 2020 via WebEx
  • Thursday July 16th, 2020 via WebEx (only if needed)

MER Executive Committee Meetings

The next Mideastern Region Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 5pm via Zoom. No dinner will be served.

Council for the Advancement of Public Schools

Be sure to check on the website and Facebook page of CAPS! Help us spread the word about the amazing things happening in our public schools, thanks to the hard work and dedication of PSEA members. If you have a PR item that you'd like us to feature, please send photos and a brief description to MideasternRegion@gmail.com

Delaware Valley Consortium for Excellence & Equity

The Delaware Valley Consortium for Excellence and Equity currently serves 38 school districts in Greater Philadelphia along with three county intermediate units and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. They are part of a regional network of school districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware committed to working together to enhance the achievement, well-being, and future success of their struggling diverse students and close the districts’ pervasive and long-standing opportunity and achievement gaps.

Working intensively over the past fifteen years they have developed a unique, cost-effective and self-sustaining regional school district consortium model for addressing priority areas, all of which are focused around inter-district collaboration and shared learning for continuous improvement in closing the preparation, opportunity, and achievement gaps observed for disproportionate numbers of students of color and/or students coming from economic disadvantage.

CAPS applauds these districts in Bucks and Montgomery Counties that are working with this Consortium: Abington, Bensalem, Colonial, Centennial, Cheltenham, Council Rock, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Merion, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Norristown Area, North Penn, Spring-Ford Area, Springfield Township, Upper Merion, and Wissahickon.

If you are a member in any of these districts, please take a moment to thank your school board for their commitment to eliminating achievement and attainment disparities defined by race/ethnicity, economics, gender, or (dis)ability.

For more information about the programs and opportunities available to participating districts, please visit this website.

PSEA-Retired

Are you interested in being a lifelong PSEA member? You can sign up if you are in year one or year 35 of your career - or anywhere in between! The earlier you sign up, the more money you will save on dues. You can enroll in PSEA-Retired FOR LIFE with a one-time dues payment of $774, or break that into four payments of $193.50 over a two-year period. This is a great way to continue to stay involved and engaged with the work of the association as well as continued use of our member benefits. For more information and to enroll, click on the learn more box below.

PSEA Member Benefits

Did you know your PSEA membership can help you save money on things such as contact lenses, Verizon Wireless, and even college?

Take a minute to check out the full line up!

Teachers Academic Award

Enter to Win!

Enter today at teachersacademicaward.com for your chance to win $2,500 to purchase classroom supplies courtesy of our NEA Member Benefits partner, California Casualty. 

**POSTPONED** Labor Information Night

When: TBD

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

An introduction to the NLRB, its purpose, and the effects of its decision on employees, unions and employers.

Presented by Patrice Tisdale, Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board

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**POSTPONED** PSEA-PACE School Board Candidate Recommendation Information Night

When: TBD

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Are you interested about learning the process by which your local can make a PACE recommendation for school board candidates? Have you gone through the process in the past but would like an update on procedures new for the next election cycle?

This event is for you!

Join members of the PSEA Government Relations staff, our region PACE director, and fellow EA and ESP local leaders for an evening to help you learn about navigating the recommendation process.

MER ESP Division Meetings & Workshops

2019-2020 Meetings & Workshops

The ESP Mideastern Division announces the following meeting dates and topics (please click "Learn More" to access the ESP registration links and more information on each event).

Continuing Education Hours are available with District Pre-approval

All ESP members of the Mideastern Region are invited to attend any Division Meeting & Workshop. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED to attend these meetings/workshops. Registration opens 3-4 weeks prior to each meeting.

(Workshop topics, dates, and times are subject to change)

**POSTPONED** ACE Training

When: TBD

Time: 10am-1pm

Join the elite PSEA members grassroots advocacy program. Learn to share your stories and educate legislators on the policies and issues that impact public education. 

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**POSTPONED** Student Mental Wellness

When: TBD

Time: 5pm

Where: Online Event (log-in instructions will be sent out the week of the event)

In November, we gathered a group of PSEA members at our office to begin discussing how we can all work together to help our students be healthy and successful.

We will continue those solutions-oriented dialogues. The event will feature a model of how PSEA members worked together to collect data and support their students, an update on advocacy and legislative efforts in Harrisburg, and time to work with a team of professionals from your local to begin developing your own path to improved student mental wellness.

For this event, we are asking you to bring a TEAM from your local that may include: school counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers/home and school visitors, dental hygienists, health/PE teachers, and support staff professionals. Additionally, you team needs to include a strong advocate – someone who is comfortable having direct conversations with administrators and school board members about the needs of your students (think local president or other officers). 

Registration for this free event is open to all EA and ESP members and includes dinner.

**POSTPONED** Advocacy Day on the Hill

When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Time: 8am-1pm

Where: 400 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105

Advocacy Day on the Hill (the artist formerly known as Lobby Day) will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd for our Mideastern Region Members. This event is a great opportunity to create or maintain your relationship with the legislators representing you in the PA House and Senate, meet our PSEA Government Relations team, and spend some time in PSEA Headquarters. (Look how close it is to the Capitol!) Attendees can choose to stay overnight in Harrisburg on the evening of June 22nd or simply  drive to Harrisburg for the day, which typically goes from 8am-1pm. To register click below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Statler at jstatler@psea.org

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MER Coordinated Bargaining

Our Coordinated Bargaining meetings offer time and space for local officers, bargaining teams, and PSEA staff to work together towards our goal of attaining quality salaries, benefits, and working conditions for our members and their families. Please check out our line up of staff presentations for this year!

Upcoming Events

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Executive Committee

Information for members of the PSEA Mideastern Region Executive Committee.