H1642B2372A05390 DMS:AAS 07/07/22 #90 A05390
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 1642
Sponsor: REPRESENTATIVE BENNINGHOFF
Printer's No. 2372
Amend Bill, page 1, lines 1 through 8, by striking out all of
said lines and inserting
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in preliminary provisions, further
providing for Keystone Exams and graduation requirements, for
special provisions applicable to the Keystone Exams,
graduation requirements and alternative competency assessment
and for Special Education Funding Commission and providing
for Commission on Education and Economic Competitiveness; in
grounds and buildings, further providing for limitation on
new applications for Department of Education approval of
public school building projects; in professional employees,
providing for locally titled positions; in certification of
teachers, providing for out-of-State applicants for career
and technical education certification, further providing for
program of continuing professional education and for
continuing professional education for school or system
leaders, providing for teacher support in the Structured
Literacy Program, repealing provisions relating to
certificates issued by other states and providing for out-of-
State applicants for certification and for prekindergarten
through grade twelve dance certificate; in pupils and
attendance, further providing for definitions, for Home
Education Program, for assisting students experiencing
education instability, for Nonprofit School Food Program, for
exceptional children and education and training and for
extended special education enrollment due to COVID-19; in
school safety and security, further providing for School
Safety and Security Committee, providing for survey of school
mental health services, further providing for School Safety
and Security Grant Program, for school safety and security
coordinator and for school safety and security training and
providing for school safety and security grants for 2022-2023
school year, for school mental health grants for 2022-2023
school year, for school safety and security coordinator
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training, for school safety and security training in
educator, administrator and supervisory preparatory programs
and for School-based Mental Health Internship Grant Program;
in threat assessment, further providing for threat assessment
teams; in school health services, further providing for
health services; in Drug and Alcohol Recovery High School
Pilot Program, further providing for definitions, for
establishment of Drug and Alcohol Recovery High School Pilot
Program and for scope of program and selection of students,
repealing provisions relating to term of Drug and Alcohol
Recovery High School Pilot Program and further providing for
reporting; in terms and courses of study, further providing
for agreements with institutions of higher education;
providing for talent recruitment and establishing the
Committee on Education Talent Recruitment, the Talent
Recruitment Grant Program and the Talent Recruitment Account;
providing for educational and professional development online
course initiative, establishing the Online Course
Clearinghouse Account and imposing penalties; in charter
schools, providing for abolition of rulemaking and further
providing for regulations; providing for disability inclusive
curriculum and establishing the Disability Inclusive
Curriculum Pilot Program; in career and technical education,
providing for Cosmetology Training through Career and
Technical Center Pilot Program and for Barber Training
through Career and Technical Center Pilot Program; in
community colleges, further providing for financial program
and reimbursement of payments; in rural regional college for
underserved counties, further providing for reports; in the
State System of Higher Education, further providing for
definitions, for establishment of the State System of Higher
Education and its institutions, for board of governors and
for council of trustees and providing for integrated
councils; in educational tax credits, further providing for
definitions, for qualification and application by
organizations, for application by business firms, for tax
credits, for limitations and for opportunity scholarships; in
transfers of credits between institutions of higher
education, further providing for definitions and for duties
of public institutions of higher education; in sexual
violence education at institutions of higher education,
further providing for scope of article, for definitions and
for education program, providing for consent to sexual
activity, further providing for follow-up and for report and
providing for memorandum of understanding; in miscellaneous
provisions relating to institutions of higher education,
further providing for Public Higher Education Funding
Commission and providing for State-related university
performance-based funding model and for prohibition on
scholarship displacement at public institutions of higher
education; in ready-to-succeed scholarship, further providing
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for agency; in funding for public libraries, providing for
State aid for fiscal year 2022-2023; in reimbursements by
Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing
for payments on account of pupils enrolled in career and
technical curriculums and for student-weighted basic
education funding, providing for level-up supplement for
2021-2022 school year and further providing for payments to
intermediate units, for special education payments to school
districts, for assistance to school districts declared to be
in financial recovery status or identified for financial
watch status, for approved reimbursable rental for leases
hereafter approved and approved reimbursable sinking fund
charges on indebtedness and for Ready-to-Learn Block Grant;
in construction and renovation of buildings by school
entities, further providing for applicability; and making
editorial changes.
Amend Bill, page 1, lines 11 through 19; pages 2 through 9,
lines 1 through 30; page 10, lines 1 through 21; by striking out
all of said lines on said pages and inserting
Section 1. Section 121(c.1)(3)(i)(D) and (d) of the act of
March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code
of 1949, are amended and the section is amended by adding a
subsection to read:
Section 121. Keystone Exams and Graduation Requirements.--*
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(c.1) Notwithstanding section 2604-B(b)(2)(v), 22 Pa. Code §
4.24, 4.51 or 4.51c or any statute or regulation to the
contrary, in any school year in which a demonstration of
proficiency on a Keystone Exam is required for high school
graduation, a student shall be deemed proficient if the student
demonstrates one of the following:
* * *
(3) Successful completion of locally established, grade-
based requirements for academic content areas associated with
each Keystone Exam on which the student did not achieve at least
a proficient score and demonstration of three pieces of evidence
that reflect readiness for meaningful postsecondary engagement
consistent with the student's goals and career plan, which shall
include:
(i) One of the following:
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(D) Attainment of an industry-recognized credential[, as
identified in the industry credential resource book or in the
industry-based learning guidelines compiled by the department].
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(c.9a) No later than the beginning of the 2022-2023 school
year, an industry-recognized credential attained by a student
shall be included on the student's transcript.
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(d) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Accredited four-year nonprofit institution of higher
education." Any of the following:
(1) A university within the State System of Higher Education
under Article XX-A.
(2) A State-related institution as defined in section 1502-
A.
(3) Any accredited nonprofit public, private or independent
college or university that confers four-year baccalaureate
degrees.
"Accredited nonprofit institution of higher education." Any
of the following:
(1) A community college operating under Article XIX-A.
(2) An accredited four-year nonprofit institution of higher
education.
(3) Any accredited nonprofit public, private or independent
college or university.
(4) The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
"ACT." A standardized test for the assessment of college
readiness administered by ACT.
"ACT WorkKeys assessment." An assessment of workplace skills
administered by ACT.
"Advanced Placement Program." A program authorized by the
college board that allows a student to study college-level
subjects while enrolled in high school and to receive advanced
placement and college credit for earning a qualified score on
the course-related Advanced Placement exam.
"Approved alternative assessment." A SAT, PSAT, ACT or Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
"Approved industry-based competency assessment." A NOCTI
exam, NIMS assessment or other industry-based competency
assessment identified by the Secretary of Education and approved
by the State Board of Education or identified by an act of the
General Assembly.
"Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test." The
aptitude test developed and maintained by the United States
Department of Defense.
"Chief school administrator." The superintendent of a school
district, executive director of an intermediate unit,
administrative director of an area career and technical school
or chief executive officer of a charter school, cyber charter
school, regional charter school or multiple charter school
organization.
"Concurrent enrollment course." A course in which a
secondary student is enrolled and, upon successful completion of
which both high school and postsecondary credit are earned.
"Cooperative education program." A program of instruction
whereby students alternate or coordinate their high school
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studies with a job in a field related to their academic or
career objectives.
"CTE Concentrator." A student under Article XVIII who, by
the end of a reporting year, will be reported as successfully
completing at least fifty percent (50%) of the minimum technical
instructional hours required under 22 Pa. Code Ch. 339 (relating
to vocational education).
"Department." The Department of Education of the
Commonwealth.
"Established score." A score recommended by the secretary
and approved by the State Board of Education.
"GPA." Grade point average.
"Industry-recognized credential." A credential identified in
the industry credential resource book or in the industry-based
learning guidelines compiled by the department.
"International Baccalaureate Diploma Program." An
academically challenging two-year precollege diploma program
comprised of three core requirements and six academic subject
areas with final examinations that prepare students sixteen (16)
to nineteen (19) years of age for higher education and life in a
global society.
"NIMS assessment." An assessment based on the National
Institute for Metalworking Skills standards.
"NOCTI exam." A National Occupational Competency Testing
Institute exam.
"Postsecondary course." A course in which a secondary
student is enrolled and, upon successful completion,
postsecondary credit is earned.
"Preapprenticeship program." An apprenticeship program
registered with the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training
Council.
"SAT." A standardized test for the assessment of college
readiness administered by the College Board.
"SAT Subject Test." A standardized test for the assessment
of a specific content area administered by the College Board.
"School entity." A school district, intermediate unit, area
career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter
school, regional charter school or multiple charter school
organization.
"Secretary." The Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth.
Section 2. Section 121.1 of the act is amended to read:
Section 121.1. Special Provisions Applicable to the Keystone
Exams, Graduation Requirements and Alternative Competency
Assessment.--(a) For the 2019-2020 school year and any
subsequent school year in which the Federal Government has
waived the testing and accountability requirements of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-
10, 20 U.S.C. § 6301 et seq.), as amended by the Every Student
Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95, 129 Stat. 1802), any student
who completed a course in an academic content area associated
with a Keystone Exam shall not be required to take the Keystone
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Exam related to that course and shall be deemed proficient for
purposes of sections 121 and 2604-B(b)(2)(v) and 22 Pa. Code §
4.24 (relating to high school graduation requirements), provided
that the student demonstrates successful completion of locally
established, grade-based requirements for the academic content
areas associated with each Keystone Exam.
(b) Notwithstanding section 2604-B(b)(2)(v), 22 Pa. Code §
4.24, 4.51 (relating to state assessment system) or 4.51c
(relating to project-based assessment) or any statute or
regulation to the contrary, in any school year in which a
demonstration of proficiency on a Keystone Exam is required for
high school graduation, a student subject to this section shall
be deemed proficient if the student meets all of the following
requirements:
(1) Demonstrates attainment of a satisfactory composite
score of at least 2939, using the highest scores attained by the
student on two of the three Keystone Exams in algebra I,
literature and biology.
(2) Achieves a minimum score of proficient on at least one
of the two Keystone Exams and a minimum score of basic on the
other Keystone Exam used to calculate the composite score under
paragraph (1).
Section 3. Section 122(k) of the act is amended by adding a
paragraph and the section is amended by adding a subsection to
read:
Section 122. Special Education Funding Commission.--* * *
(k) * * *
(3) The commission shall be reconstituted January 15, 2024,
in accordance with subsection (c) and shall meet and hold public
hearings to review the operation of the special education
funding provisions of this section, and shall make a further
report and shall issue the report to the recipients listed in
subsection (i)(5) no later than November 30, 2024. When in
receipt of the report recommending changes to the special
education funding formula, the General Assembly shall consider
and take action to enact the formula into law in accordance with
subsection (j).
* * *
(m.1) The Independent Fiscal Office shall complete a survey
of school district special education student cost distribution
in conjunction with each reconstitution of the Special Education
Funding Commission.
Section 4. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 123.1. Commission on Education and Economic
Competitiveness.--(a) The Commission on Education and Economic
Competitiveness is established.
(b) Membership shall be as follows:
(1) The commission shall consist of the following members:
(i) The Secretary of Education.
(ii) The Secretary of Labor and Industry.
(iii) The chair and minority chair of the Education
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Committee of the Senate and the chair and minority chair of the
Education Committee of the House of Representatives.
(iv) The chair and minority chair of the Labor and Industry
Committee of the Senate and the chair and minority chair of the
Labor and Industry Committee of the House of Representatives.
(v) Two (2) legislators from each of the four (4) caucuses
to be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate and
the Speaker of the House of Representatives, in consultation
with the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate
and the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the House of
Representatives.
(2) The commission shall appoint a member to serve as chair
of the commission and shall designate two (2) members who shall
serve as chairs of the subcommittee.
(c) The Subcommittee on Education Planning is established
within the commission. The subcommittee shall consult with the
commission for advisement on the long-term education goals of
the Commonwealth, including interim goals. The membership of the
subcommittee shall consist of the following members:
(1) The Secretary of Community and Economic Development or a
designee.
(2) The Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development
and Early Learning.
(3) The Deputy Secretary of the Office of Elementary and
Secondary Education.
(4) The Deputy Secretary of the Office of Postsecondary and
Higher Education.
(5) The Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development.
(6) Two (2) members of the commission.
(7) One member representing each of the following
organizations:
(i) The Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
(ii) The Pennsylvania State Education Association.
(iii) The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Federation of
Teachers.
(iv) The Pennsylvania Association of School Business
Officials.
(v) The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
(vi) The Pennsylvania Principals Association.
(vii) The Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units.
(viii) The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher
Educators.
(ix) The Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small
Schools.
(x) The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools.
(xi) The African American Charter School Coalition.
(xii) The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
(xiii) The Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical
Administrators.
(xiv) The Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools.
(xv) The State System of Higher Education.
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(xvi) The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
(xvii) The Association of Independent Colleges and
Universities of Pennsylvania.
(xviii) The Pennsylvania State University.
(xix) The University of Pittsburgh.
(xx) Temple University.
(xxi) Lincoln University.
(xxii) Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
(xxiii) The Pennsylvania College of Technology.
(xxiv) The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
(xxv) The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and
Congress of Industrial Organizations.
(xxvi) The Manufacturers' Association.
(xxvii) The National Federation of Independent Business
Pennsylvania.
(xxviii) The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
(xxix) The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of
Pennsylvania.
(xxx) The Service Employees International Union Pennsylvania
State Council.
(xxxi) The Arc of Pennsylvania.
(xxxii) The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People Pennsylvania State Conference.
(xxxiii) The Spanish American Civic Association.
(xxxiv) The State Librarian.
(8) Any members added by the commission under subsection
(d).
(d) The commission may add additional membership to the
subcommittee and create subgroups within the subcommittee.
(e) Members may not receive compensation for their services
but shall be reimbursed for necessary travel and other
reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the performance
of their duties as members of the commission.
(f) The following shall apply to meetings:
(1) The commission shall hold its first meeting by February
17, 2023, and shall meet no less than quarterly.
(2) The subcommittee shall hold its first meeting by March
6, 2023, and shall hold monthly meetings.
(g) The commission and subcommittee may utilize the
expertise of a nonprofit entity that has experience in the
creation of long-term education planning efforts. The Department
of Education, Department of Labor and Industry and Department of
Community and Economic Development shall pay equal shares of the
costs associated with this subsection at the request of the
commission from money appropriated for general government
operations.
(h) The General Assembly, Department of Education,
Department of Labor and Industry and Department of Community and
Economic Development shall provide administrative support,
meeting space and any other assistance required by the
commission to carry out its duties under this section.
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(i) The Department of Education, Department of Labor and
Industry and the Department of Community and Economic
Development and any other Commonwealth agency shall provide the
commission with data, research and other information upon
request.
(j) The following shall apply to duties:
(1) The subcommittee shall hold monthly meetings to make
recommendations regarding long-term educational goals for the
following:
(i) Early childhood education and necessary supports.
(ii) An aligned instructional system with special attention
to curriculum, assessment, pedagogical approach and standards
that span early childhood education through career and technical
education and higher education.
(iii) Education environments that are conducive for each
student to learn, including school infrastructure.
(iv) Equitable access to education and educational resources
to ensure that students with unique needs are successful.
(v) A holistic approach to education that includes a focus
on development of well-rounded individuals through research
based competencies and dispositions associated with
postsecondary education, career and life-readiness.
(vi) Professional work environments for educators, support
staff and school employees in kindergarten through grade twelve
schools.
(vii) Creation of a leadership development system for
kindergarten through grade twelve schools.
(viii) Recruitment and attainment of high-performing
educators.
(ix) Community partnerships in the education system.
(x) Meeting the employment needs of this Commonwealth.
(xi) Creation of a system that effectively re-tools
displaced workers.
(xii) Addressing the impact of this Commonwealth's changing
demographics.
(xiii) Effective governance and accountability.
(2) The subcommittee shall hold a series of hearings
throughout this Commonwealth to gather feedback on stated topics
from representatives of this Commonwealth's major industries,
including agriculture, health care, banking, steel, industrial
machinery and publishing.
(3) The subcommittee shall make regular reports to the
commission and issue a final report with legislative
recommendations within twelve (12) months of the subcommittee's
creation.
(4) The subcommittee shall include in its report under
paragraph (3) recommendations on parent and community
participation in the education system and the challenges and
opportunities Pennsylvania's changing demographics present to
the Commonwealth's education system.
(5) Upon receipt of the report from the subcommittee, the
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commission shall seek public comment on the proposed long-term
vision for a period that is no less than three (3) months and
issue a final report with legislative recommendations to the
General Assembly within eighteen (18) months of the commission's
creation.
(6) Upon the issuance of the final report under paragraph
(5), the commission and the subcommittee shall terminate and the
utilization of the expertise of a nonprofit entity under
subsection (g) shall terminate.
(7) Upon the start of the first legislative session of each
decade, the commission and subcommittee shall be reconstituted
in accordance with this section and shall perform the
requirements of this section.
(k) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Commission." The Commission on Education and Economic
Competitiveness.
"Subcommittee." The Subcommittee on Education Planning.
Section 5. Section 732.1(a) of the act, amended June 30,
2021 (P.L.158, No.26), is amended to read:
Section 732.1. Limitation on New Applications for Department
of Education Approval of Public School Building Projects.--(a)
For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, 2013-2014 fiscal year, 2017-2018
fiscal year, 2018-2019 fiscal year, 2019-2020 fiscal year, 2020-
2021 fiscal year [and], 2021-2022 fiscal year and 2022-2023
fiscal year, the Department of Education shall not accept or
approve new school building construction or reconstruction
project applications.
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Section 6. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
Section 1115. Locally Titled Positions.--In a school
district where an appointment under section 695-A has been made
at any time, an individual employed by a school district prior
to January 1, 2012, and serving in the position of mental health
specialist, behavioral specialist or similar locally titled
position may continue to serve in that position under the direct
supervision of a Certified School Social Worker as long as the
individual remains in the position with the same school
district.
Section 1204.3. Out-of-State Applicants for Career and
Technical Education Certification.--(a) The Department of
Education shall issue a comparable Career and Technical
Instructional I Certificate to an out-of-State candidate who
satisfies the following:
(1) The candidate holds a valid and current career and
technical instructional certificate or equivalent certificate
issued by another state.
(2) The candidate has completed a minimum of four (4) years
wage-earning experience in the occupation to be taught.
(3) The candidate has at least two (2) years of classroom
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teaching experience and provides evidence of satisfactory
professional educator performance for the candidate's two (2)
most recent years of classroom teaching.
(4) The candidate meets all requirements in 22 Pa Code §
49.12 (relating to eligibility).
(b) A Career and Technical Instructional I Certificate
issued under subsection (a) shall be valid for eight (8) annual
school terms and shall be converted to a Career and Technical
Instructional II Certificate in accordance with 22 Pa. Code §
49.143 (relating to Vocational Instructional II).
(c) An out-of-State candidate who is seeking a Career and
Technical Instructional I Certificate and meets the requirements
of subsection (a) shall be issued a Career and Technical
Instructional I Certificate on an expedited basis in accordance
with this section.
Section 7. Section 1205.2 heading of the act is amended and
the section is amended by adding subsections to read:
Section 1205.2. Program of Continuing Professional and
Paraprofessional Education.--* * *
(n.4) Beginning on the effective date of this subsection and
notwithstanding any other provision of this section, each
professional educator's current continuing professional
education compliance period under subsection (a) shall be
extended by one year. This subsection shall expire one year from
the effective date of this subsection.
(n.5) Beginning on the effective date of this subsection and
notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the
deadline by which any paraprofessional employed by a school
entity as defined in 22 Pa. Code § 14.101 (relating to
definitions) as of March 13, 2020, must satisfy staff
development activity hour requirements under 22 Pa. Code §
14.105 (relating to personnel) shall be extended until June 30,
2023. This subsection shall expire one year from the effective
date of this subsection.
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Section 8. Section 1205.5 of the act is amended by adding a
subsection to read:
Section 1205.5. Continuing Professional Education for School
or System Leaders.--* * *
(i) Beginning on the effective date of this subsection and
notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the
requirements of subsection (a) shall be suspended for one year.
This subsection shall expire one year from the effective date of
this subsection.
Section 9. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1205.8. Teacher support in the Structured Literacy
Program.--(a) (1) It is the intent of the General Assembly
that teachers be equipped to facilitate high-quality reading
instruction grounded in structured literacy and intervention
services to address student reading needs.
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participating school entities in providing professional
development for teachers in foundational skills and
instructional interventions based on structured literacy and
providing opportunities for school personnel to serve as reading
coaches to support teachers in delivering high-quality reading
instruction.
(b) (1) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the
department shall establish a program of professional development
and applied practice in structured literacy for school personnel
that includes in-class demonstration, modeling and coaching
support to improve reading and literacy outcomes.
(2) School personnel selected by the participating school
entity to serve as professional coaches for this program must
have at least five years of experience in teaching of reading
and be able to demonstrate their skills in the instruction of
and intervention with students, including those with dyslexia
and other language-related disabilities.
(3) The department may contract with multiple service
providers, including school entities and institutions of higher
education with demonstrated experience in structured literacy,
to develop and implement the program so that experienced support
is available locally.
(4) A service provider, including a school entity or
approved educator preparation program that demonstrates
successful implementation of literacy outcomes is eligible to
provide professional development and onsite demonstration and
coaching support in the program.
(5) A participating school entity shall adopt high-quality
instructional materials grounded in scientific-based reading
research in accordance with the State academic standards
approved by the State Board of Education.
(c) (1) The continuing professional education plan of each
school entity shall satisfy the continuing education
requirements of 22 Pa. Code § 49.17 (relating to continuing
professional education ), including training in structured
literacy for professional employes who hold instructional
certificates in early childhood, elementary-middle level,
Special Education-PK-12, English as a second language and
reading specialist. To ensure that school personnel have the
knowledge and skill to teach all students to read, including
students with dyslexia and other language-based learning
disabilities, training shall address, but shall not be limited
to:
(i) Evidence-based intervention practices on structured
literacy.
(ii) Explicit and systematic instruction in phonological and
phonemic awareness.
(iii) The alphabetic principle, decoding and encoding,
fluency and vocabulary.
(iv) Reading comprehension and building content knowledge.
(2) School employes required to undergo continuing
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receive credit toward the school employe's continuing
professional education requirements if the training program has
been approved by the department.
(d) The department shall create and provide guidelines to
describe the standard components for professional development
needed for structured literacy instruction, including required
content knowledge, and establish criteria by which reading and
literacy outcomes may be measured.
(e) The department shall develop reading literacy skills
standards for use by educator preparation programs that prepare
candidates to earn an instructional certificate in early
childhood, elementary-middle level, Special Education-PK-12,
English as a second language and reading specialist. The
standards shall include, at a minimum, instruction on the
following:
(1) Effectively teaching the reading literacy skills of
phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and
comprehension.
(2) Differentiating instruction for teaching students with
advanced reading skills and students with dyslexia or other
language-based learning disabilities.
(3) Identifying and teaching students with dyslexia and
other language-based learning disabilities using appropriate
scientific research and brain-based multisensory intervention
methods and strategies.
(4) Implementing reading instruction using high-quality
instructional materials.
(5) Using developmentally appropriate supports to ensure
that students can effectively access reading instruction.
(6) Administering universal reading screeners to students.
(f) Beginning August 1, 2024, an approved educator
preparation program shall provide candidates seeking
certification in early childhood, elementary-middle level,
Special Education-PK-12, English as a second language and
reading specialist with training on reading instruction focused
primarily on the reading literacy skills standards developed
under subsection (e).
(g) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Approved educator preparation program." A sequence of
courses and experiences offered by a preparing institution or
alternative provider that is reviewed and approved by the
department.
"Chief school administrator." The superintendent of a school
district, executive director of an intermediate unit,
administrative director of an area career and technical school
or chief executive officer of a charter school, cyber charter
school or regional charter school.
"Department." The Department of Education of the
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"Participating school entity." A school entity that elects
to take part in the Structured Literacy Program.
"School entity." A school district, intermediate unit, area
career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter
school or regional charter school.
"Structured literacy." Systemic, explicit instruction that:
(1) provides a strong core of foundational skills in the
language systems of English;
(2) integrates listening, speaking, reading, spelling and
writing; and
(3) emphasizes the structure of language across the speech
sound system, the writing system, the structure of sentences,
the meaningful parts of words, the relationship among words and
the organization of spoken and written discourse.
Section 10. Section 1206 of the act is repealed:
[Section 1206. Certificates Issued by Other States.--(a)
Candidates holding a valid instructional certificate issued by
another state may be eligible for comparable Pennsylvania
certification provided that the candidate meets the following
requirements:
(1) Holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or
university.
(2) Has at least two (2) years of successful classroom
experience.
(3) Demonstrates subject matter competency in the applicable
area of Pennsylvania certification.
(4) Satisfies the requirements of section 1209.
(b) The Secretary of Education shall adopt standards and
guidelines as necessary to implement this section.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit
the Secretary of Education from certifying out-of-State
applicants in accordance with regulations of the Department of
Education or the State Board of Education.]
Section 11. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
Section 1206.1. Out-of-State Applicants for Certification.--
(a) The Department of Education shall issue a comparable
Pennsylvania certificate to an out-of-State candidate who
satisfies one of the following:
(1) Holds a valid and current instructional certificate
issued by another state and satisfies the following:
(i) Completion of a college or university educator
preparation program approved by the certifying state and
satisfaction of testing requirements demonstrating subject
matter competency in the applicable area of Pennsylvania
certification, including passage of related content tests
required by the certifying state and field experience.
(ii) Has taught on the out-of-State certificate and
presented to the department evidence of satisfactory
professional educator experience for the candidate's two most
recent years of classroom teaching.
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(2) Holds a valid certificate issued by the National Board
for Professional Teaching Standards. A candidate with a
certificate shall be granted the highest-level Pennsylvania
certification available in the candidate's area of
certification.
(b) An out-of-State candidate who satisfies the requirements
of subsection (a) must also satisfy this Commonwealth's
requirements under sections 1202 and 1209.
(c) An out-of-State candidate who is seeking Pennsylvania
certification in a subject identified by the department as a
shortage area and meets the requirements of subsections (a) and
(b) shall be issued the appropriate certificate on an expedited
basis in accordance with this section.
Section 1220. Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve Dance
Certificate.--(a) The department shall develop an instructional
certificate in Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve Dance in
accordance with professional personnel certificate procedures
for creation of a new certificate area.
(b) This section shall not apply to an individual who:
(1) has a current dance teaching certificate recognized or
issued by the department prior to the effective date of this
section;
(2) is in the process of obtaining a dance teaching
certificate from the department in accordance with procedures
established by the department prior to the effective date of
this section; or
(3) is teaching dance to students as part of an
extracurricular activity, including, but not limited to, a
musical or dance team.
(c) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Department." The Department of Education of the
Commonwealth.
Section 12. The definition of "school year" in section 1326
of the act is amended to read:
Section 1326. Definitions.--When used in this article, the
following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
* * *
"School year" shall have the same meaning as "school term" as
defined in section 102, as applicable to a school district, and
as further defined in section 1327(b) for a day school which is
operated by a bona fide church or other religious body, section
[1327.1(c)] 1327(c) for a day school or boarding school
accredited by an accrediting association which is approved by
the State Board of Education, section [1327.1(d)] 1327.1(c) for
a home education program, sections 1501 and 1504 for a public
school or a school district, section 1715-A(9) for a charter
school, section 1749-A(a)(1) for a cyber charter school and
section 1718-A(c) for a regional charter school.
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Section 13. Section 1327.1 of the act is amended by adding
subsections to read:
Section 1327.1. Home Education Program.--* * *
(f.2) (1) Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and each
school year thereafter, the school district of residence shall
develop policies and procedures to permit a child who is
enrolled in a home education program to participate, on the same
basis as other students enrolled in the school district, in any
cocurricular activity that merges extracurricular activities
with a required academic course, including, but not limited to,
band or orchestra, and must permit a child who is enrolled in a
home education program to participate in academic courses
equaling up to at least one quarter of the school day for full-
time students, pursuant to the policies and procedures of the
school district of residence, on the same basis as other
students enrolled in the school district, provided that the
child:
(i) meets the eligibility criteria or their equivalent for
participation in the cocurricular or academic course that apply
to students enrolled full time in the school district;
(ii) meets the prerequisite criteria or their equivalent for
participation in the cocurricular or academic course that apply
to students enrolled full time in the school district; and
(iii) complies with all policies, rules and regulations or
their equivalent of the school district of residence.
(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the school district
of residence shall provide the grade for each cocurricular or
academic course to the home education program supervisor, who
shall be responsible for maintaining the material in the
portfolio of records.
(3) The parent or legal guardian of the child shall be
responsible for transportation of the child to and from school
for the selected courses, except that a home education student
may utilize district transportation to or from school during the
times a bus is otherwise already operating and space is
available.
(4) A board of school directors may adopt a policy to
implement the requirements of this subsection. A policy under
this paragraph may require that the cocurricular or academic
courses taken under paragraph (1) be taken consecutively during
the school day if the school or a child's parent or legal
guardian is not able to provide adequate supervision for the
child between cocurricular and academic courses. The policy
shall only apply to participation in cocurricular or academic
courses and shall not conflict with any provisions of this
section.
(5) A home education student enrolled in a cocurricular or
academic course in the student's school district of residence
shall be included in the average daily membership of the school
district of residence and shall be calculated by counting the
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(f.3) (1) Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and each
school year thereafter, the school district of residence shall
develop policies and procedures consistent with the enrollment
or seat allocation provisions of the written agreement among the
participating school districts which established the career and
technical education center, or in the case of a school district
operated career and technical education program, the school
district of residence shall develop policies and procedures
consistent with subsection (f.2), to permit a home education
student to participate in a career and technical education
program on the same basis as other students enrolled in the
school district, provided that the child:
(i) meets the eligibility criteria or their equivalent for
participation in the career and technical education program that
apply to students enrolled full time in the school district;
(ii) meets the prerequisite criteria or their equivalent for
participation in the career and technical education program that
apply to students enrolled full time in the school district; and
(iii) complies with all policies, rules and regulations or
their equivalent of the school district of residence and the
career and technical education center.
(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the school district
of residence operated career and technical education program or
the career and technical education center shall provide the
grades to the home education program supervisor, who shall be
responsible for maintaining the material in the portfolio of
records.
(3) The home education students may utilize district
transportation to or from the career and technical education
program during the times buses are otherwise already operating
and space is available .
(4) A board of school directors may adopt a policy to
implement the requirements of this subsection. Such policy shall
only apply to participation in career and technical education
programs and shall not conflict with any provisions of this
section.
(5) A home education student enrolled in the career and
technical education program shall be included in the average
daily membership of the school district of residence and career
and technical center, if applicable, and shall be calculated by
counting the time the home education student spends in the
career and technical education program.
(f.4) Nothing in subsections (f.2) and (f.3) shall prohibit
a school district or a career and technical center from
establishing policies that prioritize participation in courses
or programs with limited seating or enrollment.
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Section 14. Section 1331.1(c) of the act is amended by
adding a paragraph to read:
Section 1331.1. Assisting Students Experiencing Education
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(c) A school entity shall work to ensure that a student
experiencing education instability graduates in a timely manner.
The following shall apply:
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(5.1) A student who attended school in the 2021-2022 school
year may immediately request a diploma from the school they
attended in the 2021-2022 school year or a prior school, or
request a Keystone Diploma from the department retroactive to
the 2021-2022 school year.
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Section 15. Sections 1337(d)(2)(ii), (3)(ii) and (5)(iii)
and 1372(8) of the act are amended to read:
Section 1337. Nonprofit School Food Program.--* * *
(d) Boards of School Directors.
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(ii) If a student is not eligible for participation in the
school food program and owes greater than [fifty dollars ($50)]
seventy-five dollars ($75) in a school year for school meals, a
school may provide the student with alternative meals instead of
school food program meals until the student's unpaid balance for
school meals is paid or a payment plan has been established with
the school to reduce the unpaid balance.
(3) Each board of school directors shall require schools
under its jurisdiction to comply with the following when a
student owes money for five or more school meals:
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(ii) The school [may] shall offer assistance with applying
for participation in the school food program.
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(5) Each board of school directors shall prohibit schools
under its jurisdiction from implementing the following:
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(iii) Requiring a student or school staff to discard a
school meal after it was served to the student due to the
student's inability to pay for the school meal or the amount of
money owed by the student for earlier school meals.
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Section 1372. Exceptional Children; Education and
Training.--* * *
(8) Reporting of Expenditures Relating to Exceptional
Students.
(i) By December 31, 2000, and each year thereafter, each
school district shall compile information listing the number of
students with disabilities for which expenditures are between
twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) and fifty thousand
dollars ($50,000), which shall be known as Category 2; between
fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) and seventy-five thousand
dollars ($75,000), which shall be known as Category 3A; and over
seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), which shall be known as
Category 3B, for the prior school year. The information shall be
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submitted to the department in a form prescribed by the
department. By February 1, 2001, and each year thereafter, the
department shall submit to the chairman and minority chairman of
the Education and Appropriations Committees of the Senate and
the chairman and minority chairman of the Education and
Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives a
report listing this information by school district. Beginning
with the report due February 1, 2023, the department shall
include the information reported in subparagraph (iv) along with
the report made in this subparagraph and shall post the report
on the department's publicly accessible Internet website in a
sortable electronic format.
(ii) By December 31, 2016, and each year thereafter, each
school district shall compile information listing the number of
students with disabilities for which expenditures are under
twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), which shall be known as
Category 1. The information shall be submitted to the department
in a form prescribed by the department.
(iii) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year through the
2021-2022 school year, the department shall annually adjust the
dollar ranges for which the information is collected under this
section by the percent change in the Consumer Price Index for
All Urban Consumers for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
and Maryland area reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for
the twelve (12) month period ending in December of the school
year for which the data is being collected.
(iv) By December 31, 2022, and each year thereafter, each
school district shall, in addition to the information under
subparagraph (i), compile information listing the number of
students with disabilities for which expenditures are under five
thousand dollars ($5,000), which shall be known as Category 1A;
and between five thousand dollars ($5,000) and less than the
amount in Category 2, which shall be known as Category 1B, for
the prior school year. The information shall be submitted to the
department along with the information in, and as prescribed by,
subparagraph (i).
(v) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the department
shall annually adjust the dollar ranges for which the
information is collected under this section by the percentage
change in the total special education expenditures submitted by
school districts in the annual financial reports divided by the
total weighted student headcount determined under section 2509.5
for the most recent year where data is available as determined
by the department.
Section 16. Section 1383 of the act is amended by adding
subsections to read:
Section 1383. Extended Special Education Enrollment Due to
COVID-19.--* * *
(b.1) A student with a disability as defined in 22 Pa. Code
§ 14.101 who has reached twenty-one (21) years of age during the
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year and the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year and is
enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year is entitled to attend a
school entity for the 2022-2023 school year and the school
entity shall enroll the student if a parent or guardian and the
student elect to enroll no later than August 1, 2022. The
Department of Education shall develop a standard election form
for a parent or guardian to elect to enroll the student and the
form shall be made available on the department's publicly
accessible Internet website.
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(c.1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
contrary, the following shall apply to a student enrolled in a
school entity under subsection (b.1):
(1) The school entity shall implement the student's most
recent IEP.
(2) The student's attendance shall be included in the school
entity's average daily membership.
(3) The school entity shall provide extended school year
services during the summer after the 2021-2022 school year in
accordance with the student's most recent IEP.
(4) The school entity shall take all steps necessary to
comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(Public Law 91-230, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.) and 22 Pa. Code
Ch. 14 (relating to special education services and programs).
(5) A student older than twenty-one (21) years of age with
an active IEP who is enrolled in a school entity during the
2022-2023 school year shall not become ineligible for continued
service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
during the entire 2022-2023 school year.
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Section 16.1. Section 1302-B(e) of the act is amended to
read:
Section 1302-B. School Safety and Security Committee.
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(e) Term.--[Members of the committee shall serve a four-year
term.] Members appointed under subsection (b)(5), (6), (7), (8)
and (12) shall serve for a four-year term and may be appointed
for no more than one additional consecutive term. The terms of
those members who serve by virtue of the public office they hold
shall be concurrent with their service in the office from which
they derive their membership.
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Section 17. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1305.1-B. Survey of School Mental Health Services.
(a) Development.--No later than August 1, 2022, the
committee shall develop and distribute to school entities,
eligible for funding under section 1315-B, a survey instrument
to measure mental health services in school entities throughout
this Commonwealth. The survey shall include, but not be limited
to:
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employees provide the programming.
(2) Whether the school entity has adopted mental or
behavioral health curriculum as part of its health education
or other subject areas and, if offered, how many employees
provide the programming and who provides the programming.
(3) The manner in which the school entity offers mental
health programming under paragraphs (1) and (2).
(4) Whether any of the tiered supports from the
committee's behavioral health and school climate baseline
criteria have been met by the school entity.
(5) Resources or support needed to improve
the programming under paragraphs (1) and (2) and to meet or
increase tiered supports for the committee's behavioral
health and school climate baseline criteria.
(b) Completion.--No later than August 31, 2022, a school
entity shall complete the survey instrument under subsection
(a).
(c) Confidentiality of data.--
(1) School specific data collected through the survey
instrument by the committee and the findings of the committee
shall remain confidential and shall be exempt from access
under the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3), known as
the Right-to-Know Law.
(2) The Committee may release aggregate data at its
discretion.
(d) Survey administration.--The committee shall administer
the survey instrument established in subsection (a) as part of
the grant application for grants issued under section 1315-B and
part of the survey issued under section 1305-B, and may make
revisions to the survey instrument as needed.
Section 18. Section 1306-B(j) of the act is amended and
subsection (h) is amended by adding a paragraph to read:
Section 1306-B. School Safety and Security Grant Program.
* * *
(h) School Safety and Security Fund.--
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(9) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during
the 2022-2023 fiscal year, money in the fund shall be used as
follows:
(i) Ninety-five percent of the amount appropriated
to the Department of Education for Transfer to the School
Safety and Security Fund for grants under section 1314-B.
(ii) Ninety-five percent of the amount appropriated
to the Department of Education for the Ready-to-Learn
Block Grant and transferred to the School Safety and
Security Fund for grants under section 1315-B.
(iii) Five percent of the amount appropriated to the
Department of Education for Transfer to the School Safety
and Security Fund for training under section 1316-B.
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Department of Education for the Ready-to-Learn Block
Grant and transferred to the School Safety and Security
Fund for the program under section 1318-B.
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(j) Specific purposes.--The committee shall provide grants
to school entities for programs that address school mental
health and safety and security, including:
(1) Safety and security assessments that meet the
committee's criteria.
(2) Conflict resolution or dispute management, including
restorative justice strategies.
(3) School-wide positive behavior support that includes
primary or universal, secondary and tertiary supports and
interventions in school entities.
(4) School-based diversion programs.
(5) Peer helper programs.
(6) Risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention
curricula, including dating violence curricula [and],
restorative justice strategies, mental health early
intervention, self-care and suicide awareness and prevention
curricula.
(7) Classroom management.
(8) Student codes of conduct.
(9) Training to undertake a districtwide assessment of
risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem
behaviors among students.
(10) Development and implementation of research-based
violence prevention programs that address risk factors to
reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students,
including, but not limited to, [bullying.] mental health
early intervention, self-care, bullying and suicide awareness
and prevention.
(11) Thorough, districtwide school safety, violence
prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans,
including revisions or updates to such plans and conducting
emergency preparedness drills and related activities with
local emergency responders.
(12) Security planning and purchase of security-related
technology, which may include metal detectors, protective
lighting, specialty trained canines, surveillance equipment,
special emergency communications equipment, automated
external defibrillators, electronic locksets, deadbolts,
trauma kits and theft control devices and training in the use
of security-related technology. Security planning and
purchase of security-related technology shall be based on
safety needs identified by the school entity's board of
school directors.
(13) Institution of student, staff and visitor
identification systems, including criminal background check
software.
(14) Provision of specialized staff and student training
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programs, including training for Student Assistance Program
team members in the referral of students at risk of violent
behavior to appropriate community-based services and
behavioral health services and training related to prevention
and early intervention.
(15) Counseling services for students[.], including
costs associated with the training and compensation of mental
health staff or expanding contracts with mental health
providers that provide support to students in a school
setting.
(16) A system for the management of student discipline,
including misconduct and criminal offenses.
(17) Staff training programs in the use of positive
behavior supports, de-escalation techniques [and],
appropriate responses to student behavior that may require
immediate intervention and trauma-informed treatment for
mental health providers in schools.
(18) Costs associated with the training and compensation
of school resource officers and school police officers.
(19) Costs associated with the training and compensation
of certified [guidance] school counselors, licensed
professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed
clinical social workers and school psychologists.
(20) Administration of evidence-based screenings for
adverse childhood experiences that are proven to be
determinants of physical, social and behavioral health and
provide trauma-informed counseling services as necessary to
students based upon the screening results.
(21) Trauma-informed approaches to education, including:
(i) Increasing student and school employee access to
quality trauma support services and behavioral health
care, including the following:
(A) Hiring or contracting with certified
[guidance] school counselors, licensed professional
counselors, licensed social workers, licensed
clinical social workers, school psychologists and
other professional health personnel to provide
services to students and school employees.
(B) Developing collaborative efforts between the
school entity and behavioral health professionals to
identify students in need of trauma support and to
provide prevention, screening, referral and treatment
services to students potentially in need of services.
(C) Partnering with community-based
organizations for peer or family support.
(D) Training on youth-focused mental health
first aid for school employees to help recognize
signs of mental health distress in students.
(E) Providing activities to improve mental
health in a school entity and after school
programming.
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(ii) Programs providing:
(A) Trauma-informed approaches to education in
the curriculum, including training of school
employees, school directors and behavioral health
professionals to develop safe, stable and nurturing
learning environments that prevent and mitigate the
effects of trauma.
(B) Services for children and their families, as
appropriate, who have experienced or are at risk of
experiencing trauma, including those who are low-
income, homeless, involved in the child welfare
system or involved in the juvenile justice system.
(22) Programs designed to reduce community violence,
including:
(i) Increasing access to quality trauma-informed
support services and behavioral health care by linking
the community with local trauma support and behavioral
health systems.
(ii) Providing health services and intervention
strategies by coordinating the services provided by
eligible applicants and coordinated care organizations,
public health entities, nonprofit youth service providers
and community-based organizations.
(iii) Providing mentoring and other intervention
models to children and their families who have
experienced trauma or are at risk of experiencing trauma,
including those who are low-income, homeless, in foster
care, involved in the criminal justice system,
unemployed, experiencing a mental illness or substance
abuse disorder or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping
out of an educational institution.
(iv) Fostering and promoting communication between
the school entity, community and law enforcement.
(v) Any other program or model designed to reduce
community violence and approved by the committee.
(23) The implementation of Article XIII-E.
(24) Expanding telemedicine delivery of school-based
mental health services, including equipment.
(25) Providing technical assistance for a school entity
related to billing insurance providers in order to better
provide mental health services in a school setting.
(26) Creating or expanding Statewide programs and
intervention frameworks, such as school assistance programs,
positive behavioral intervention and supports and multitiered
systems of support.
(27) Training and related materials for school employees
or students that are evidence-based and focus on identifying
the signs and signals of anxiety, depression, suicide or
self-harm in students and best practices for seeking
appropriate mental health assistance.
(28) Providing, increasing or enhancing partnerships
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between a school entity and a community-based nonprofit
organization, a Statewide youth-serving nonprofit or a
library for out-of-school programming for at-risk school-age
students.
(29) Coordinating and integrating local and county
mental health services and programs for school employees or
students.
(30) Providing online programs, educational materials
and applications to provide supplemental mental health
services to students that may include peer support, self-
guided evidenced based therapeutic tools and clinical
interactions.
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Section 19. Section 1309-B of the act is amended by adding
subsections to read:
Section 1309-B. School safety and security coordinator.
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(a.1) Deadline for appointment and vacancies.--
(1) Within 30 days of the effective date of this
subsection, the chief school administrator of a school entity
shall ensure the school entity has appointed a school
administrator as the school safety and security coordinator
for the school entity.
(2) Whenever a vacancy in a school entity's school
safety and security coordinator occurs, the chief school
administrator of a school entity shall, within 30 days of the
vacancy, appoint a new school safety and security coordinator
in accordance with this section.
(a.2) Submission.--A school entity shall submit to the
committee the name and contact information for a chief school
administrator appointed as a school safety and security
coordinator within 30 days of the appointment.
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(d) Training required.--
(1) School administrators appointed as school safety and
security coordinators shall complete the training required
under section 1316-B within one year from the time the first
trainings that meet the criteria are posted by the committee.
(2) School administrators appointed as safety and
security coordinators after trainings are posted shall
complete the training within one year of appointment.
Section 20. Section 1310-B of the act is amended to read:
Section 1310-B. School safety and security training.
(a) School entity duties.--School entities shall provide
their employees with mandatory training on school safety and
security subject to the following based on the needs of the
school entity:
(1) Training shall address any combination of one or
more of the following, based on the needs of the school
entity:
(i) Situational awareness.
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(ii) Trauma-informed approaches.
(iii) Behavioral health awareness.
(iv) Suicide and bullying awareness.
(v) Substance use awareness.
[(vi) Emergency training drills, including fire,
natural disaster, active shooter, hostage situation and
bomb threat.
(vii) Identification or recognition of student
behavior that may indicate a threat to the safety of the
student, other students, school employees, school
facilities, the community or others.]
(1.1) Annually, training shall address the following:
(i) Emergency training drills, including fire,
natural disaster, active shooter, hostage situation and
bomb threat.
(ii) Identification or recognition of student
behavior that may indicate a threat to the safety of the
student, other students, school employees, other
individuals, school facilities or the community.
(2) [Training] Except for training under paragraph (1.1)
(i), training may be provided through the Internet or other
distance communication systems. Training under paragraph
(1.1)(i) shall be conducted in person.
(3) Employees shall complete a minimum of [three] two
hours of training under paragraph (1) every [five years]
year. Employees shall complete a minimum of one hour of
training under paragraph (1.1) every year.
(4) Employees required to undergo continuing
professional education under section 1205.2 shall receive
credit toward their continuing professional education
requirements [if the training program has been approved by
the department in consultation with the committee].
(5) Training shall comply with the minimum standards
adopted by the committee under subsection (b).
(b) Committee duties.--No later than September 30, 2022, the
committee shall develop and adopt minimum standards for training
of school employees for each of the training topics under
subsection (a)(1) and (1.1). The committee shall make the
standards adopted available to school entities and provide
geographically disbursed training to school employees at no cost
that meets the standards adopted by the committee. The committee
may approve groups, organizations or other entities to provide
the training.
(c) Review.--Not less than every three years, the committee
shall review the standards adopted under subsection (b) and, if
necessary, revise or update the standards. Whenever a revision
or update to the standards is made under this subsection, the
committee shall make the updated standards available to school
entities.
Section 21. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
Section 1314-B. School safety and security grants for 2022-2023
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(a) Funding.--For the 2022-2023 school year, the amount of
money under section 1306-B(h)(9)(i) shall be used by the
committee to award school safety and security grants to school
entities.
(b) Purposes of grants.--
(1) A school entity shall be eligible for school safety
and security grants to meet the tier 1 baseline criteria for
physical security established by the committee.
(2) A school entity that has met the tier 1 baseline
criteria shall be eligible for school safety and security
grants for the purposes outlined in section 1306-B(j)(1),
(2), (3), (4), (5), (7), (8), (9), (11), (12), (13), (14),
(16), (18), (22) and (23).
(c) Amount of grants.--The committee shall award school
safety and security grants to each school entity that submits an
application, in the following amounts:
(1) A school district shall receive $100,000 plus an
amount determined in paragraph (3).
(2) An intermediate unit, area career and technical
school, charter school, regional charter school and cyber
charter school shall receive $70,000.
(3) An amount determined as follows:
(i) Multiply the 2020-2021 adjusted average daily
membership for each school district by the difference
between the amount allocated in subsection (a) and the
sum of the amounts distributed under paragraphs (1) and
(2).
(ii) Divide the product from subparagraph (i) by the
2020-2021 adjusted average daily membership for all
school districts.
(d) Availability of applications.--The committee shall make
the application available to school entities no later than
August 1, 2022. The application requirements shall be limited to
the school entity's contact information, the specific purpose of
the grant based on the categories specified in subsection (b)
with boxes on the application for the applicant to indicate the
school entity's anticipated use and certification by the
applicant that the funds will be used for the stated purpose.
(e) Deadlines for applications.--A school entity must submit
an application for grant funds no later than August 31, 2022.
(f) Effect of revenue received.--Grant money received under
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