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 This outdated practice guarantees that some of our best teachers are let go, simply because they have fewer years in the classroom.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We can elevate the teaching profession by updating these outdated laws if we act now!



October 12, 2014 via Philly.com

Why the SRC acted quickly, decisively

For almost two years, the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) have been in contract negotiations, seeking a labor agreement that positions our schools for long-term stability and invests in student success. Full article

October 1, 2014 via The Sentinel

Letter: House lags on key education bill

Do our representatives in the House choose not to vote on legislation that benefits the residents of Pennsylvania? Full article

October 1, 2014 via PennLive

Pennsylvania assessment scores won’t be released today

State assessment scores will not be released today, as some school districts expected. Harrisburg School District officials held a news conference Friday because they originally expected the test results to be released Sept. 24. Full article

September 30, 2014 via PennLive

How one school reform bill explains this fall’s legislative pressure-cooker: John L. Micek

So here's a textbook example of what happens when the clock is running down on the two-year legislative session and every interest group in town wants to see their bills land on Gov. Tom Corbett's desk or risk their being exiled to the Isle of Misfit Legislation — possibly to never be seen or heard from again. Full article

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

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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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