The Pennsylvania House may consider a bill as early as next week that would allow school districts, intermediate units, charter and cyber charter schools and area vocational-technical schools to seek waivers from many of the protections contained in the Public School Code.Please contact your state representatives and tell them to oppose mandate "relief" (House Bill 135).
In spite of mounting evidence exposing serious flaws in PA's pension "reform" proposals, politicians are still pushing plans that would increase costs to taxpayers and undermine retirement security for hard-working school and public employees.
- Read a letter to state legislators from a coalition of leaders and organizations opposed to pension reform.
Teachers and counselors at New Media Technology Charter School voted 26-3 for representation by the Alliance of Charter School Employees, Local 6056, an AFT Pennsylvania affiliate. New Media’s union vote is the first charter school in Pennsylvania to be conducted according to private-sector labor law and overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.
Neshaminy Federation of Teachers members rejected a contract offer from the school board that would have eliminated teachers' voices on issues that affect their students.
AFT Pennsylvania joined with state Senate Democrats in calling for a moratorium on the requirements for students, teachers and schools associated with the new Common Core State Standards on Monday.