November 14, 2014 |
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
September 20, 2014 |
During most of her 25 years as a public schoolteacher, Jane Ladley did not have much use for the teachers' union, and now that she's retired, she's taking things one giant step further: She's suing it. On Thursday, the 61-year-old former Avon Grove district teacher and another teacher from Lancaster County filed a lawsuit against the state's largest teachers' union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, over the handling of money they were...
June 22, 2011
AS THE LEGISLATURE focuses on creating a school-voucher law that is - depending on where you sit - either a cure or a Dr. Kevorkian for public education, there's an interesting political backdrop in the picture. Members of Philly's legislative delegation, a group historically Democratic, pro-public schools and generously underwritten by teachers unions, are taking money from both sides of the debate. A review of campaign contributions from last year and so far this year shows pro-voucher interests spending significantly on Philly lawmakers.
June 6, 2011 |
Pennsylvania's largest teachers union has issued its strongest endorsement to date for using student test scores in evaluating teachers, and proposed a streamlined dismissal process for educators and principals. The positions, outlined by James P. Testerman, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, are part of the union's "Solutions That Work" proposal, unveiled Monday. It also includes pitches for longtime union goals such as a focus on struggling schools, more parental involvement, and enhanced school safety.
June 9, 2010 |
Elizabeth Collins has blogged for more than two years about her personal life and experiences as a teacher. One Saturday in February, she posted her thoughts about a student's presentation in her English class at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, an all-girls private school in Villanova. She criticized its tone and political outlook. The student's parents took quick exception to that post, telling the school that even though the blog did not identify their daughter by name, it was aimed at her and was an "attack on a child.
August 13, 2009 |
Ava Kinney Griffiths, 53, of Collegeville, a former special-education teacher and union negotiator, died of heart and lung disease Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Griffiths had received radiation and chemotherapy while in college, her husband, Robert, said, "and at the time they gave her only two years to live. " The effects of the cancer treatment, he said, "caused her problems throughout her life. " In her 40s, her husband said, she had both shoulders replaced.
June 18, 2009 |
One of Pennsylvania's 11 cyber charter schools has become unionized, possibly the first of its type in the country to vote for representation. During balloting Monday, teachers, counselors, and other professional staff at PA Learners Online Regional Charter School in Allegheny County voted, 42-14, in favor of being represented by an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board oversaw the election. The National Education Association told PSEA officials that PA Learners was the first publicly funded charter school to unionize.
September 30, 2003 |
Norman F. Ness' Sept. 15 diatribe, "Pa. teachers are too privileged," contained a number of inaccurate statements, but none more so than his claim that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has granted "special standing" to the Pennsylvania State Education Association. To the contrary, the PSEA and the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers do not have any special status among labor unions representing workers in the public sector, nor do we have any "unfair advantage" over school boards.
July 5, 2001 |
Almost 300 support workers in the Downingtown Area School District - school secretaries, classroom aides, and clerks - recently became part of a small but possibly telling trend: They quit the Pennsylvania State Education Association and affiliated with the Teamsters. The Downingtown workers are the third group of suburban Philadelphia school-support employees to look to the Teamsters, and the second to actually make the move, in the last six months. Nationally, Teamsters officials say, only six other school locals have switched their allegiance, all of them west of the Mississippi.
June 11, 2001 |
Three suburban school districts could face expired teachers' contracts before the next academic year begins, while some office workers in a fourth district want to join the Teamsters. Gary D. Smith of the Pennsylvania State Education Association said local unions are negotiating with school boards in Bensalem, in lower Bucks County, and in the Colonial and North Penn School Districts in Montgomery County. Teachers in Bensalem and North Penn have voted to authorize strikes if contracts are not worked out. The Bensalem contract expires July 1. Smith said a state mediator had set July 2 for the next bargaining session.