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PRINTER'S NO. 1420
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
974
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE, FONTANA, FARNESE, HUGHES, SCHWANK, COSTA,
TARTAGLIONE, BROWNE AND YUDICHAK, DECEMBER 3, 2019
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, DECEMBER 3, 2019
AN ACT
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 professional employees, further
providing for definitions and providing for school social
workers.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1101(1) of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949,
amended October 30, 2019 (P.L.460, No.76), is amended to read:
Section 1101. Definitions.--As used in this article,
(1) The term "professional employe" shall include those who
are certificated as teachers, supervisors, supervising
principals, principals, assistant principals, vice-principals,
directors of career and technical education, dental hygienists,
visiting teachers, home and school visitors, school social
workers, school counselors, child nutrition program specialists,
school librarians, school secretaries the selection of whom is
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on the basis of merit as determined by eligibility lists and
school nurses.
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Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1107.1. School Social Workers.--(a) A school entity
that employs a school social worker must employ an individual
who holds an educational specialist certificate for school
social worker issued by the Department of Education.
(b) The requirements of subsection (a) shall not apply when
the individual:
(1) meets the exception for a school social worker as set
forth in section 20 of the act of July 9, 1987 (P.L.220, No.39),
known as the "Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and
Professional Counselors Act"; or
(2) is employed as or performing the duties of a school
social worker in a school entity in this Commonwealth and holds
either a social worker license issued by the Department of State
or another certificate issued by the Department of Education
prior to the development of an educational specialist
certificate for school social worker by the Department of
Education.
(c) The Department of Education shall develop an educational
specialist certificate for school social worker no later than
sixty (60) days after the effective date of this section.
(d) For the purposes of this section, the term "school
entity" shall mean any public school district, intermediate
unit, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter
school or area vocational-technical school.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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