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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 25, 2021 04:41 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin and Sen. Ryan P. Aument
To: All Senate members
Subject: Renewing the Substitute Teacher Program for Prospective Educators
In the near future, we will introduce legislation to make permanent an important temporary program that has helped supply schools with qualified substitute teachers.

During the 2015-2016 session, the General Assembly acted to create an opportunity for prospective educators to serve as substitute teachers for a limited time.  Act 86 of 2016 provided schools, intermediate units and area career and technical schools with the option to utilize individuals training to be teachers to serve as a substitute teacher, provided the individual has valid clearances and at least 60 credit hours.

This program is set to expire on June 30, 2021 and we all know our schools continue to face a shortage of substitute teachers, a problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Allowing this program to lapse would make a serious problem even worse. 

Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB381