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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 14, 2019 09:39 AM
From: Representative David S. Hickernell
To: All House members
Subject: Theology Courses (Former HB 1002 of 2017-18 Session)
 
I am writing to invite you to cosponsor legislation I will be introducing in the near future that will require the Department of Education (PDE) to allow individuals certified in social studies to apply course credits earned in the subject of theology for the purpose of receiving additional salary increments and meeting continuing professional education requirements.

I introduced my original legislation on this subject after it came to my attention that PDE has denied teachers who have taken theology classes the opportunity to have those credits count for certain purposes. This is particularly troubling, given that individuals who hold a teaching certificate in social studies are required under the current state education standards to teach about world religions. As such, my legislation will allow an individual who holds a teaching certificate in social studies and who takes a theology course to have the related course credits count toward the receipt of additional salary increments and toward continuing professional education requirements.

I do not believe that theology courses should be automatically discounted by PDE, particularly for social studies teachers who may take these courses for the purpose of enriching their curriculum in order to meet the state standards.

Thank you for your consideration.

Previous Cosponsors: HICKERNELL, V. BROWN, FEE, GILLEN, KAUFFMAN, MILLARD, MURT, PICKETT, QUIGLEY, STAATS, WARD, WATSON, ZIMMERMAN and BENNINGHOFF



Introduced as HB979