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Nov 2017

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New School Code Law Affects Teacher Furloughs and More

The State Legislature recently passed HB 178, now Act 55 of 2017, an omnibus, budget related School Code Bill that Governor Wolf allowed to become law on Monday, since he neither signed nor vetoed the bill within 10 days of passage. The new law makes changes to teacher furlough procedures, delays the Keystone Exams and […]

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Oct 2017

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Three Homework Tips to Share During Parent Conferences

By Joyce Costello Tutoring Excellence Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity to share strategies with parents of those students who are trying to achieve success, but seem to be falling short.  These are not the students who are apathetic or lethargic, but those that try and try and get frustrated with the amount of work that ...

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Aug 2017

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Teacher Strike: Responsibilities as a KEYTA Member

If your school district should strike, non-union teachers usually decide to not walk to picket line. However, if you choose to join your union colleagues, you are welcome to. The Keystone Teachers Association does not take an official position on teacher strikes, because in the rarest of instances, a strike may be necessary. During a ...

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Dec 2016

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Educating a New President

by: JC Bowman Carol Yeagy The election of Donald Trump sent shockwaves throughout the Washington DC establishment. For many years our citizens have grown distrustful of our federal government and those who govern. It is why those outside the establishment did much better than those within. When Donald Trump is inaugurated as ...

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Oct 2016

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Who Should You Vote for? It’s Up To You!

You are most likely being bombarded with billboards, road signs, news coverage, commercials, mail and phone calls, all attempting to convince you for or against one candidate or another. Up for election are positions for President, US House, PA House, select PA and US Senate seats, as well as countless county and local election ...

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Jun 2016

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KEYTA Summer Conference

Don’t forget to join us on June 28, 2016 for an informative and empowering one-day conference at the Felicita Garden Resort in Harrisburg, PA.  Admittance is open to all Pennsylvania educators, administrators and school personnel looking to expand their knowledge of current state laws impacting educators as well as ...

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Mar 2016

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Abolishing

February 9, 2016 Last month the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Frederichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could end forced fair share fees for all public employees across the country. Rebecca Frederichs, a public school teacher in California, along with 10 other public school teachers who joined the suit, ...

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Mar 2016

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Partial Budget Enacted

January 5, 2016  In a last ditch effort to get much needed budget funds to schools and other public agencies, Governor Wolf approved the budget bill sent to him by the Legislature, HB 1460, but he utilized his line-item veto privilege, which cut much needed funding for specific programs that he felt were not funded […]

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Mar 2016

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

January 5, 2016 As you are aware, last month President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Congress overwhelmingly passed the legislation with the House voting 359-64, and Senate voting 85-12.  This is the legislation to replace the ...

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Dec 2014

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Criminal Background Checks and Child Abuse Clearances

Criminal Background Checks and Child Abuse Clearances 12/17/2014 11:37:00 AM   Criminal Background Checks and Child Abuse Clearances Act 153 of 2014 On December 12, the PA General Assembly amended the Child Protective Services Law to require all prospective employees, current employees, independent contractors and volunteers to ...

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