The Pennsylvania House may consider a bill as early as next week that would allow school districts, intermediate units, charter and cyber charter schools and area vocational-technical schools to seek waivers from many of the protections contained in the Public School Code.Please contact your state representatives and tell them to oppose mandate "relief" (House Bill 135).
Ted Kirsch says the governor's fuzzy pension math hurts retirees, employees and taxpayers after the Keystone Research Center releases two pension White Papers showing that Gov. Corbett's proposals would dramatically reduce benefits for retirees, while increasing the cost to taxpayers significantly.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the promise—and the possible pitfalls—of the new Common Core State Standards. If implemented properly—namely, by ensuring that frontline educators are prepared to teach these rigorous new standards—we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today’s changing world. If not, they will end up in the dustbin of abandoned reforms. Read her full column.
AFT Pennsylvania joined with state Senate Democrats in calling for a moratorium on the requirements for students, teachers and schools associated with the new Common Core State Standards on Monday.
Gov. Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposes an additional $375 million in new tax cuts for profitable corporations – on top of $800 million in business tax cuts enacted in the previous two budgets. Urge legislators to make big, profitable corporations pay their fair share in Pennsylvania. See AFTPA's End Corporate Giveways talking points.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten talks about the accomplishments to date of the Affordable Care Act, even in its early stages. And she discusses the vital role that nurses and healthcare workers—the AFT is one of the largest unions of nurses in the country—play in enhancing patient care and improving the healthcare system. Read Weingarten's column.