Legislative Memo: Opposition to EITC Expansion

July 7, 2022

To: Members of the General Assembly

From: Jerry T. Jordan, President

Re: Opposition to EITC (Voucher) Expansion

No matter the form, vouchers harm public schools. Whether in the form of EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) expansion, ESA (Education Savings Accounts) creation, or any other mechanism, vouchers siphon money from traditional public schools without any fiscal, operational, administrative, or academic performance accountability or transparency.

We are opposed to any education bill that incorporates voucher expansion into an already over-funded program.

Reflections After a Tragic Fourth

Message to PFT Members

July 6, 2022

Dear Members,

In the wake of a tragic fourth of July, I write today to share some reflections on the state of our nation. 

Our nation is once again reeling from the horror of a deadly mass shooting. There are no words that could possibly suffice when, amidst a celebratory parade, seven people were murdered and dozens more injured. My thoughts and my deepest sympathies are with those who suffered an unbearable loss in the mass shooting in Illinois.

PFT Protests PA General Assembly's Bigoted Legislation

June 30, 2022The Republican controlled State Legislature continues its destructive and bigoted path. This week, the State Senate passed a series of racist, anti-LGBTQIA+ bills, including an Anti-trans bill (SB972), a Book Banning bill (SB1277), and a Don't Say Gay bill (SB1278). As I said in my statement here, shame on the Republicans who are pushing forth this bigoted agenda. 

NBCT 2022-2023

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification process is a voluntary, enriching, and rigorous professional growth experience that requires teachers to show evidence of the mastery and integration of both content and pedagogical knowledge. It is the highest certification in the education profession.