Ryan Hardesty, a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher at Highland Middle School in the Blackhawk School District in Beaver County, has traveled the state to collaborate with other educators, since becoming Teacher of the Year.
The average weekly wages of public school teachers – adjusted for inflation – increased just US$29 from 1996 to 2021, from $1,319 to $1,348 in 2021 dollars.
On Wednesday, Rep. Steven R. Malagari, D-Montgomery, began seeking co-sponsors for a proposal that would boost pension benefits for teachers and state employees alike during the fiscal year that ends June 30, and tie future hikes to inflationary increases.
If schools are engines of educational and economic opportunity, then educators are the conductors who keep the train moving forward.
Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed education budget, which comes amid school systems entering a ”breaking point“ due to staffing shortages and lower-than-expected Keystone exam results.