AFT Pennsylvania President Ted Kirsch said Wednesday that he supports Gov. Wolf's plan to tax natural gas extraction and reinvest the proceeds in public education.
AFT Pennsylvania President Ted Kirsch called the SRC's vote authorizing five new charter schools in Philadelphia "unconscionable," 'irresponsible" and "fiscally unsustainable."
Members of AFT's PSRP division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International, the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Corbett administration has declared war on the teachers' and public employees' pension systems. Calling the nearly 100-year-old pension systems a "tapeworm," Gov. Corbett said pension "reform" is a top priority this year. Find out what this means for your future financial security.
Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his budget for 2013-14 in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and it looks like more of the same: tax breaks for big business and pension cuts, job losses and flat-line education spending for the rest of us. AFTPA Executive Vice President Rosmary Boland, who watched the governor's address, in the Capitol Rotunda, released two statements: one about proposed cuts to school and state employee pensions and another on education funding.
The Corbett administration is using scare tactics, exaggerations and misinformation to convince the public that public employee pensions must be cut or eliminated to prevent state pension funds from consuming tax dollars that should go to schools, roads and other vital services. Read
AFTPA President Ted Kirsch said during a radio interview Tuesday that a new Corbett administration report on public employee pensions is another attempt by the governor to push his political agenda. Listen to the interview. Read
AFTPA President Ted Kirsch calls out PA Education Secretary after he blamed a statewide drop in test scores on cheating.