|Posted:||December 7, 2012 10:38 AM|
|From:||Senator Lloyd K. Smucker|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Amendments to the Professional Educator Discipline Act|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce SB 1459, which would amend the Professional Educator Discipline Act.
The Professional Educator Discipline Act establishes a comprehensive system under which professional educators are investigated and disciplined for misconduct in Pennsylvania. 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.
Over the past few years, the PSPC developed a proposal intended to enhance the safety of students in Pennsylvania schools. The amendments proposed by the PSPC 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.
Several recent cases of misconduct in Lancaster County have increased public interest in having a system that effectively deals with those who abuse the trust they hold as educators.
Previous co-sponsors of this legislation include Senators: Piccola, Erickson, Rafferty, Waugh, Orie, Brubaker, Williams, Browne, and Mensch.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Parido at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7-6535.
Introduced as SB34