Pennsylvania State Education Association
Opting out is extremely unusual in Pennsylvania: Only 260 out of about 932,000 students were excused from the math and reading PSSAs last year; an even lower number opted out of the science exam, according to the state Education Department.
A suburban Philadelphia school system that threatened to shut down due to lack of funds should be able to stay open if a third party oversees the district’s financial operations for the rest of the academic year, state education officials say.
More than 200 teachers and 65 assistants gave their blessing to the payless paydays for as long as individuals can hold out.
State lawmakers are wading into the issue of updating Pennsylvania’s system of evaluating teacher performance.
The president of Pennsylvania’s largest teachers’ union is urging its members to “seriously consider” Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for public educators to agree to a one-year pay freeze.