THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY RAFFERTY, BAKER, FOLMER, FARNESE, PILEGGI, WAUGH, MENSCH, EARLL, BROWNE, YAW, M. WHITE, GREENLEAF AND WOZNIAK, MARCH 4, 2011
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, MARCH 4, 2011
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 terms and courses of study,
further providing for teaching safe driving of motor
The General Assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of
teen fatalities in this Commonwealth.
(2) In 2008, 154 teens between 15 and 19 years of age
were killed in motor vehicle accidents in this Commonwealth.
(3) Teen driver education introduces new teen drivers to
the hazards of driving and helps to reduce the risk of motor
vehicle accidents involving teens.
(4) There is a shortage of professional educators
certified by the Department of Education to teach driver
(5) Due to extreme financial strain or the lack of
professional educators certified by the Department of
Education to teach driver education, many school districts in
this Commonwealth no longer provide theoretical driver
education in the classroom.
(6) In the absence of a professional educator certified
by the Department of Education to teach driver education who
is available and willing to teach in the school district, a
school district should be permitted to contract with a
private driver training instructor or private driver training
school to teach theoretical driver education in the
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1519 of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, is
amended by adding a subsection to read:
Section 1519. Teaching of Safe Driving of Motor Vehicles.--
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(b.1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or
any other law, except for subsection (b)(6) and section 111, a
person who possesses the qualifications of a teacher or a
director under section 4(2) of the act of January 18, 1952 (1951
P.L.2128, No.605), referred to as the Private Driver Education
or Training School Act, shall not be required to meet the
certification requirements under Article XII in order to be
permitted to provide classroom instruction under this section.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.