|Posted:||January 8, 2013 02:45 PM|
|From:||Representative Bernie O'Neill|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Professional Educator Discipline Act|
|The Professional Educator Discipline Act (Discipline Act) establishes a comprehensive system under which professional educators are investigated and disciplined for misconduct in Pennsylvania. Under the Discipline Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) investigates cases of educator misconduct and the Professional Standards and Practices Commission (PSPC) oversees the professional educator discipline system and adjudicates cases of educator misconduct.
For the past several years, the PSPC worked to develop amendments to the Discipline Act, which will enhance the safety of students in Pennsylvania schools. The proposed amendments are based on the experiences of the PSPC and PDE, the input of stakeholders in the educator discipline process, troubling court decisions, and discipline strategies used successfully in other states.
On behalf of the PSPC, I plan to introduce legislation, which will make critical changes to the Discipline Act, such as:
The Task Force on Child Protection believes passage of such proposal will be consistent with the statutory amendments contained its report, and recognizes PSPC for all their efforts. See Report of the Task Force on Child Protection, page 24.
If you have any questions on this legislation, please contact Connie McClure at (717) 705-7170 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration and support of this very important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB930