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KEYTA School of Malawi Orphaned Children Coming to PA

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Jul 2018

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KEYTA School of Malawi Orphaned Children Coming to PA

Several years ago, the Keystone Teachers Association, and its’ members, embarked on a mission to assist in educating the orphaned children in the country of Malawi in South East Africa. Thousands of dollars were donated by KEYTA members and then used to hire teachers, provide desks and educational supplies. As a result, the KEYTA ...

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Jun 2018

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Supreme Court Rules Fair Share Fees ILLEGAL

Today, in a landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that union-collected fair share fees are illegal. In writing the majority opinion, Justice Alito stated that forced union fees “violate the free speech of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.” We are very excited ...

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May 2018

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Supreme Court Ruling and PSEA Notice

In a few short weeks, the United State Supreme Court will rule on whether unions can charge a fair share fee to non-members. This case is known as Janus v. AFSCME, and if the Court rules in Janus’ favor, Pennsylvania’s Fair Share Fee Law affecting public sector employees will become illegal. The implications of a […]

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May 2018

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House Passes Career and Technical Education Bills

Last week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed eight pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing career and technical education. Awaiting consideration in the State Senate is: •HB 2155 would reduce and provide for new vocational instructional certificate awarding requirements. •HB 2156 would create the Career and ...

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Feb 2018

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Parkland School Tragedy

Here at the Keystone Teachers Association, we are deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy that occurred yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The staff and Board of Directors would like to send our sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this tragic shooting. Our thoughts and ...

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11

Jan 2018

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Supreme Court Case Could Abolish Fair Share Fees

On February 26, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a landmark case which could free non-union members from being forced to pay fair share fees. This case challenges the First Amendment rights of public employees who, as a condition of their employment, must pay the union an annual fee…currently ...

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06

Dec 2017

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Fair Share/Religious Objection Notice

Dear KEYTA Member: You should have recently received PSEA’s notice alerting you that the clock is now ticking for you to get in your fair share/religious objection letters. You have 40 days from the date of your notice, which should be around January 20, 2018, to mail your objection. Filing a “religious objection” allows you ...

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07

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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