Date(s) - February 4, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey

“Bargaining in Distressed School Districts”

Act 141 of 2012, also called the School District Financial Recovery Act, amended the Pennsylvania Public School Code to provide a system to identify and support public school districts in various stages of financial distress. A school district’s identification under this law, as well as the realities of financial distress itself, can add complexity to an already-difficult bargaining situation and impact bargaining concerns such as salaries, salary step placement and movement, vacancies, healthcare
benefits, charter enrollment, and employee recruitment and retention. The speaker will discuss the law and draw on his experience with both the Reading School District and the Harrisburg School District to showcase some of the difficulties and opportunities involved in bargaining on behalf of a financially distressed school district.


Jeffrey T. Sultanik, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, concentrates his practice in personnel and labor relations for municipal and school entities and chairs the firm’s Education Law Group. Jeff has authored more than 130 articles on education and labor law, is a frequent media source for these issues, and is a past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, a division of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.


Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111


  1. Take I-283 Swatara Exit 2 to PA 441 South.
  2. Drive to the back of the hotel (facing Target and a small shopping mall).
  3. Look for the blue awning that says “Sheraton” and enter that door.


  • Cash Bar begins at 5:30 pm
  • Dinner from 6:15 to 7:30 pm
  • Presentation begins at 7:30 pm

Annual chapter dues for 2019-2020: $25 Regular Members; $5 Student Members

Event Cost

  • $30 for Central PA LERA – Regular Chapter Members
  • $10 for Central PA LERA – Student Chapter Members
  • $35 for non-members
  • $15 for student non-members

RSVP Deadline

Please submit the bookings form below by noon on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Reservations cancelled after the RSVP deadline may be charged for the cost of the meeting.

Dinner Entrée Selections

On the submissions form, please indicate whether you prefer option 1 or option 2 as described below.

  1. Entrée Option 1: Grilled Chicken Pesto
  2. Entrée Option 2: Vegetarian (Chef’s Choice)

To attend this event, please submit your booking below, then remit payment, by credit card or check.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Rupnow at or 717-303-1764.


Bookings are closed for this event.