Pennsylvania State Education Association

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Graduate students at Penn State University have voted against union representation, ending a four-year battle against the school administration.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hand-tallied paper votes for hours in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Of the 3,800 graduate students eligible to vote, 950 voted for unionization and 1,438 voted against, according to a press release. 

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A sweeping school code bill will become a state law without Gov. Tom Wolf's signature. 

In addition to providing funding for public schools, the GOP-penned legislation suspends the traditional seniority rules that dictate furloughing teachers, opting instead to eliminate teachers based on who scores the worst on the state's teacher effectiveness rating.

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As a new school year gets underway how is the continued lack of a state budget impacting school districts in the region? Mike Crossey, the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association says political "games" in Harrisburg are beginning to affect local schools in a negative way.  

A report compiled by the state’s largest teachers union is linking education funding cuts to lower student achievement.
 
The Pennsylvania State Education Association says standardized test scores dropped in reading and math for third through sixth graders from the 2010-11 through 2012-13 school years, according to state data.
 
The examined period includes the year before Gov. Tom Corbett took office and the first two years of his term.
 

During the 2010-11 school year, Pennsylvania ranked 47th in the U.S. in terms of state funding for public education.

Releasing a report that outlines 20 ways to improve public schooling, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is trying to get the state to the top of its class.

The 104-page report suggests: ensuring students’ access to arts education, extracurricular activities and school safety; focusing on districts with high poverty levels; providing tutoring programs for struggling students; and reducing the high school dropout rate.

Many Pennsylvania teachers are not only preparing for the future of their students, but they’re also helping to pay for it, too.

State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for teachers who use their own money for their students’ school supplies.