Myths vs. Facts
Fact 1: We share the financial burden of health care coverage by paying co-pays and deductibles both of which have increased twice in the past 3 years.
Fact 2: The AHEA accepted a PPO Health Care Plan in 2013 that increased our out of pocket expenses for health care benefits and helped to allow the District to accrue a $20 million surplus.
Myth: The teachers are being unreasonable.
Myth: The teachers pay $0 towards the cost of their health care benefits.
Myth: Premium sharing is the only way for employees to contribute to their health care benefits.
Fact: Co-pays and deductibles are also expenses paid out of the pocket of employees to share the financial burden of health care.
Fact 1: The teachers have modified their proposal two times by incorporating items the District asked for in their proposal. The teachers are trying to find middle ground.
Fact 2: The District has not modified their proposal whatsoever in 8 months of negotiations.
Myth: The teachers of Abington Heights are over paid.
Fact 1: Abington Heights High School ranks 9th out of 687 high school in Pennsylvania.
Fact 2: The teacher of Abington Heights average salary ranks 193 out of 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.
Myth: The teachers of Abington Heights are the highest earning teachers in Northeast PA.
Fact 1: "The average salary of an AHEA teacher is ranked 17th out of 37 public school districts in NEPA." - Scranton Times 6/25/17
Fact 2: The Abington Heights School Districts ranks 1st in highest average SAT scores.
Fact 3: For the 8th straight year Abington Heights surpassed all state averages on all standardized tests.
Fact: The teachers receive their full annual salary regardless of how long a strike lasts.
Reason: The students still receive their full amount of school days regardless of how long a strike lasts. The teachers still work their required amount of contractual days regardless of how long the strike lasts.