May. 18, 2016

HARRISBURG – Bill author Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 805 – the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, which would end the practice of seniority-based layoffs in Pennsylvania and instead require teacher performance to guide furlough and reinstatement decisions:

“I am extremely disappointed that Gov. Wolf has chosen to side with special interests today instead of Pennsylvania students. I question whether the governor even took the time to read the legislation before making the hasty decision to rob our kids of the guarantee that they will get to keep their best teachers. His stated reasons for vetoing this commonsense reform reflect grave misapprehensions on his part about what the bill actually does and does not do. The rationale he offered suggests that his decision was made in reliance upon the false talking points and distortions of special interest critics who are defending Pennsylvania’s dysfunctional status quo. Sadly, the governor’s veto preserves the bad laws that too often force our best educators out of our kid’s classrooms.”

For more information on the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, visit, or

Representative Stephen Bloom
199th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Abbey Haslam
717.260.6222 / /