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TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT EXCELLENT TEACHERS

 

Every student in Pennsylvania deserves to be taught by excellent teachers. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania state law requires that certain school staffing decisions, like layoffs, be based solely on seniority—not teacher effectiveness. This outdated practice guarantees that some of our best teachers are let go, simply because they have fewer years in the classroom. We should ensure that the best teachers—whether new or experienced—are protected.

 

Furthermore, teachers currently receive tenure after just three years in the classroom. School leaders should have more time and be able to consider teacher evaluations before granting tenure to ensure that only the best teachers receive it.

 

We can elevate the teaching profession by updating these outdated laws if we act now!


 

News

September 10, 2014 via Philly.com

Court to hear arguments Phila. district violated Pa. constitution

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a charter school case that has raised grave concerns among Philadelphia School District officials. Full article

September 9, 2014 via McCall.com

Georgetown professor: Time to shake-up school funding

A Georgetown University researcher on Tuesday urged Pennsylvania's Basic Education Funding Commission to adopt a new student-based funding model that gives schools more control over their spending. Full article

September 9, 2014 via Your4State.com

SPP Scores Cause Buzz in Pennsylvania

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Due to a 'Right to Know' request, the Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released the first School Performance Profile rankings to the public, giving an inside look into schools and the district's performance for the 2012-2013 academic year. Full article

September 9, 2014 via TNTP

Fixing Tenure Doesn’t Mean Ending It

There’s been a lot of talk lately about teacher tenure. This summer’s ruling in Vergara v. California has sparked conversation about whether tenure laws have swung too far toward protecting teachers, at the expense of the educational rights of students. Full article

September 8, 2014 via PennLive

Pennsylvania schools are desperate for pension relief: Editorial

Just how desperate are Pennsylvania schools for some kind of help coping with the crushing financial burdens imposed on them by the state's pension crisis? Full article

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September 22, 2014 posted by Robin Muldor

Good for kids and fair for teachers

Pennsylvania students deserve an effective education that prepares them for life, and that begins with the proper resources to provide that education. Read more

June 25, 2014 posted by Jessica Phelan

Why I Teach

My experience teaching in urban communities has shown me the importance of having excellent teachers in every classroom. Over the years, teaching has become much more than my job or my career. It has become my mission to do whatever it takes to provide my students with the best education possible. Read more

June 19, 2014 posted by Matt Verber

Students and Teachers Both Win in California Ruling

In Vergara v. California, Judge Rolf Treu applied the principles of Brown v. Board of Education and other landmark education cases to the quality of the educational experience in California. He found that California’s tenure, dismissal, and seniority laws violated students’ fundamental right to education. Read more

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