PRINTER'S NO. 1784
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1216
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY LANGERHOLC, STEFANO, MENSCH, PHILLIPS-HILL,
J. WARD, AUMENT, PITTMAN, REGAN, BROWNE, TARTAGLIONE,
KILLION, SABATINA, VOGEL, SCAVELLO, BOSCOLA, COLLETT, BLAKE,
SANTARSIERO, BAKER, IOVINO, MUTH AND BREWSTER, JUNE 19, 2020
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, JUNE 19, 2020
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 certification of teachers,
providing for special provisions applicable to 2020-2021
school year.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1207.4. Special Provisions Applicable to 2020-2021
School Year.--(a) Beginning on the effective date of this
subsection and notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
contrary, the Secretary of Education may do any or all of the
following:
(1) Waive the requirement to satisfactorily complete the
assessment of basic skills required under section 1207.3 and 22
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Pa. Code § 49.18(c) (relating to assessment) during the 2020-
2021 school year. This paragraph shall expire June 30, 2021.
(2) Issue a temporary provisional certificate to an educator
who has completed a preparation program and meets all
requirements for certification except the satisfactory
completion of the assessments required pursuant to 22 Pa. Code §
49.18(c) because the assessments were canceled or could not be
scheduled. A temporary provisional certificate issued under this
paragraph shall expire after one year of issuance and may be
converted to a Level I Pennsylvania certificate upon submission
of evidence of satisfactory completion of the required
assessments to the Department of Education. This paragraph shall
expire on June 30, 2021.
(3) Issue an exceptional case permit for a professional
employe at the request of a school entity that employs the
professional employe who completed the final year of Level I
Pennsylvania certificate validity in the 2019-2020 school year
and who was unable to complete the assessment requirements for
conversion to a Level II Pennsylvania certificate under 22 Pa.
Code § 49.18(a)(2)(iii) because the assessments were canceled or
could not be scheduled. The exceptional case permit shall expire
one year from the date of issuance. This paragraph shall expire
June 30, 2021.
(4) Issue a temporary certificate to an individual who is
unable to complete the appropriate subject matter test for areas
other than health and physical education, cooperative education,
all special education areas and additional areas as may be
determined by the Department of Education under 22 Pa. Code §
49.18(e) when the Department of Education determines that the
relevant assessment has been canceled or could not be scheduled.
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An individual who provides evidence as required by the
Department of Education indicating that the individual attempted
to access testing and was denied registration may be eligible
for issuance of a temporary certificate under this paragraph.
The temporary certificate shall expire one year from the date of
issuance and may be converted to a full instructional
certificate by providing proof of satisfactory achievement on
the required test to the Department of Education. This paragraph
shall expire June 30, 2021.
(b) 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 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, 2021. This
subsection shall expire one year from the effective date of this
subsection.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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