HARRISBURG – The Senate Education Committee approved legislation today to ensure Pennsylvania schools have additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers, according to Committee Chairman and bill sponsor Senator Scott Martin (R-13).
Lawmakers created a program in 2016 that allowed individuals training to be teachers to serve as a substitute teacher, provided the individual has valid clearances and at least 60 credit hours. However, the program is set to expire on June 30, 2021.
Senate Bill 381 would make this temporary program permanent so schools, intermediate units and career and technical schools can ensure qualified substitutes are available to meet the needs of students.
“This program has been extremely successful in helping schools find qualified individuals to educate students and avoid the negative consequences of learning gaps on students,” Martin said. “This program played a key role in meeting the critical demands of schools throughout the pandemic, and it should be a big part of our education strategy even after the public health emergency is over.”
The legislation was also sponsored by Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36). The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
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