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On June 24, Dean Crouter and Prof. Coatsworth announced their decision to terminate the PSU employment contracts of all teachers at the Bennett Family Center and Hort Woods who are currently PSU employees, as of Aug. 19, and transfer their employment contracts to Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, a private corporation. Losing their PSU employee status and associated benefits will mean a significant drop in take-home pay, less comprehensive health care, reduced employer retirement contributions, and loss of standard PSU side benefits including the tuition subsidy for all affected teachers, that is, all Bennett teachers and all former Childhood Development Laboratory teachers now at Hort Woods.

As parents and PSU employees, we believe that the teachers of our children, on the campus where we work and they play and learn, should be fully qualified members of the PSU family, not contractors. The teachers caring for our children deserve the same benefits as all PSU employees.

We are therefore asking Dean Crouter and Prof. Coatsworth to reverse their decision and to offer PSU employment and benefits packages to all teachers in both University Park childcare centers.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
    Prof. J. Douglas Coatsworth
  • College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
    Dean Ann Crouter
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    President Rodney Erickson
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Pennsylvania State University
    Mr. Keith Masser


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