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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 This outdated practice guarantees that some of our best teachers are let go, simply because they have fewer years in the classroom.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We can elevate the teaching profession by updating these outdated laws if we act now!



August 27, 2014 via Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Education circuit riders coming to Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG -- A corps of current and former school administrators is preparing to travel Pennsylvania to mobilize local officials for efforts to revamp K-12 education funding. Full article

August 21, 2014 via Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

HARRISBURG — A state commission charged with recommending a school funding formula heard testimony Wednesday about the history and complexity of paying for public education in Pennsylvania. Full article

August 21, 2014 via Philly.com

Bipartisan state commission to look at education funding

HARRISBURG - When it comes to sticky policy issues, none quite matches the perennial debate over school funding. Full article

August 20, 2014 via PennLive

How to create fair public school funding? 4 questions committee faces

Pennsylvania's next attempt to build a public school funding formula that is fair to all kicked off Wednesday. Full article

August 17, 2014 via CitizensVoice.com

Education panel faces enduring issues

HARRISBURG — Education funding is the No. 1 issue in the governor’s race, so it’s not surprising that lawmakers are studying it to death. Full article

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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

June 11, 2014 posted by John Batoha


Sitting in an ornate balcony overlooking the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I may have been as far as possible from the tiny, overcrowded bungalow in northeastern Los Angeles where I’d spent the last two years teaching science to high school students. Read more

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