Post Gazette Opinion by DANIEL MORROW March 12, 2017 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania public schools are currently at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding to help pay for mandated services for students with special needs.
A PSBA Closer Look March 2017
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By Elizabeth Behrman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 13, 2017 12:00 AM
Chester Upland School District teachers have narrowly approved a three-year contract after rejecting an offer in January and working without a pact for more than three years. The 234-member Chester Upland Education Association voted, 78-65, in favor of the agreement. It allows some teachers to move up a salary step -- an incremental, experience-based pay raise built into most teacher contracts -- in each of the three years, with a $472 hike in the overall scale in the second year. Those at the top of the 13-step scale, or 18 percent of the staff, will get a $1,000 bonus in the first year and $500 in the second year of the contract. School district receiver Peter R. Barz said he planned to approve the deal at the next school board meeting, on Thursday. “Every teacher is getting an acceptable increase,” he said. However, union president Michele Paulick said that after working five years without a raise, teachers are not happy. “It’s not what we want, it’s not what we deserve,” she said of the contract, approved March 2. “People are tired and they’re frustrated.” For the first time, teachers will have to pay a portion of their health care premiums: 6 percent the first year, then 7 percent in the following two years. The cost to those with a family plan who are the top of the pay scale would be as high as $1,300 annually, essentially wiping out bonuses, she said. The average salary is about $75,000.
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.