HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania schools could have additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under a bill approved by the Senate today, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senator Scott Martin (R-13) and Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36).
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 young people and avoid the negative consequences of learning gaps on students,” said Martin, who serves as Chair of the Senate Education Committee. “Without this program, schools are likely to struggle in meeting the needs of students in the years ahead, when the needs of students will be greatest in the aftermath of the pandemic.”
“It is more important now than perhaps ever before that we prioritize the continuity and rigor of our children’s education,” said Aument. “This proposal to extend a successful program will give our schools one more tool to ensure that they can continue providing Pennsylvania students with a world class, high quality education without disruptions.”
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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