Parkland teachers, district reach new contract
By Marion Callahan, Of The Morning Call. 2:45 p.m. EST,
February 22, 2012
Parkland school teachers have a new
two-year contract with the district that will freeze their salaries for next
year, reduce tuition reimbursements for teachers with graduate degrees and
require higher contributions for health insurance.
The agreement, reached by the Parkland School Board and the Parkland Education Association Tuesday, institutes a salary freeze for 2012-13, preventing teachers from advancing any steps in their salary schedule based on years of service and education credits.
In the second year of the contract, 2013-14, teachers will receive a flat $1,250 increase, but they'll have to pitch in more for health costs.
“Sturla warns that people should not believe
it’s only troubled districts such as
Chester Upland here in that are in danger.
He believes as many as 50 districts are lined up behind Delaware
critical list.” Upland
“The federal Department of Education, which should be the strongest defender of public schools, is making the problem worse.”
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Children Under Age 18
February 29th: Partners for Public Education at in the South Fayette High School Theater
Statewide kickoff meeting of PSEA's Partners for Public Education (PPE) Program
PPE is all about connecting parents, community leaders, elected officials, and teachers together for one goal - the support of public education. State Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Jesse White, State Representative Nick Kotik, Education Policy & Leadership Center Director Ron Cowell, PSEA President Mike Crossey, along with members of the SFEA Representative Council, SF School Board, SF Administration, and SF Student Government will stand together to recruit parents and other interested parties add their voices to the chorus of those who care about public education.
The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.