Elementary Teachers Balk at Attending Science Conference

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Some elementary school teachers in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District are asking a Westmoreland County judge to halt an administration edict that they attend a three-day, out-of-county science conference over the next two months.

The Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association, representing the elementary science teachers, filed a motion in Common Pleas Court Monday seeking a hearing on the matter.

The teachers want a judge to intervene with school administrators, who notified teachers earlier this month that they are required to attend one of seven "Science: It's Elementary" professional development courses that will be offered at four locations in Western Pennsylvania through Dec. 15.

Because the conferences are only being held at facilities in Green Tree and Penn Hills, Allegheny County; Altoona, Blair County; and Sharon, Mercer County, "the teachers will be required to work hours beyond the 7 1/2-hour day," court documents state.

"Some conference locations are several hours from home and may require overnight accommodations," wrote Deanne Moximchalk, education association grievance chairperson. …