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PRINTER'S NO. 1588
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1463
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY LONGIETTI, A. DAVIS, DEASY, DELLOSO, FREEMAN,
HARKINS, HILL-EVANS, HOWARD, ISAACSON, KINSEY, McCLINTON,
MERSKI, NEILSON, SANCHEZ, SCHLOSSBERG, SIMS AND WARREN,
MAY 21, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND INDUSTRY, MAY 21, 2021
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, repealing
and adding provisions relating to minimum salaries for
teachers.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1142.1 of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, is
repealed:
[Section 1142.1. Minimum Salaries for Teachers.--(a)
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1142, the minimum
salary paid to full-time teachers for the school term 1988-1989
and each school term thereafter, shall be eighteen thousand five
hundred dollars ($18,500) as provided in this section.
(b) This section shall not require, and shall not be
construed to require, the modification, renegotiation or
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reopening of any contract or agreement in effect on the
effective date of this section between a public employer and a
public employe or employe organization pursuant to the act of
July 23, 1970 (P.L.563, No.195), known as the "Public Employe
Relations Act," nor shall the salary or any other terms of any
such contract or agreement be superseded or modified by this
section: Provided, that the board of school directors of a
school district may at any time during the term of such contract
or agreement implement the minimum salary provisions of this
section for the entire school term in the manner provided in
section 1151. Whenever a board of school directors of a school
district exercises the power granted by this subsection to
implement the minimum salary provisions of this section, it
shall implement them by making a supplemental salary payment to
each full-time teacher who qualifies for such payment in an
amount equal to the difference between eighteen thousand five
hundred dollars ($18,500) and the salary to which such teacher
is entitled under the terms of the applicable contract or
agreement and shall be entitled to receive the special payment
provided by section 2594.
(c) The board of school directors of a school district shall
pay to full-time teachers a salary which equals at least
eighteen thousand five hundred dollars ($18,500) for the school
term beginning after the expiration of the term of any contract
or agreement in effect on the effective date of this section
between a public employer and a public employe or employe
organization pursuant to the "Public Employe Relations Act," and
for each school term thereafter.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following terms shall
have the following meanings:
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"Board of school directors" shall mean board of school
directors, intermediate unit board of directors and area career
and technical board.
"School district" shall mean school district, intermediate
unit and area career and technical school.
"Teacher" shall mean classroom teachers and all others
included within the definition of "teacher" in section 1141,
including speech correctionists and instructional department
chairmen employed by a school district.]
Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1142.2. Minimum Salaries for Teachers.--(a)
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the minimum salary
paid to full-time teachers for the school term 2021-2022 and
each school term thereafter, shall be forty-five thousand
dollars ($45,000) as provided in this section.
(b) This section shall not require, and shall not be
construed to require, the modification, renegotiation or
reopening of any contract or agreement in effect on the
effective date of this section between a public employer and a
public employe or employe organization pursuant to the act of
July 23, 1970 (P.L.563, No.195), known as the "Public Employe
Relations Act," nor shall the salary or any other terms of any
such contract or agreement be superseded or modified by this
section, subject to subsection (c).
(c) Whenever a school district, area career and technical
school or intermediate unit exercises the power granted by this
subsection to implement the minimum salary provisions of this
section, it shall implement them by making a supplemental salary
payment to each full-time teacher who qualifies for such payment
in an amount equal to the difference between forty-five thousand
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dollars ($45,000) and the salary to which the teacher is
entitled under the terms of the applicable contract or
agreement.
(d) The school district, area career and technical school or
intermediate unit shall pay to full-time teachers a salary which
equals at least forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) for the
school term beginning after the expiration of the term of any
contract or agreement in effect on the effective date of this
section between a public employer and a public employe or
employe organization pursuant to the "Public Employe Relations
Act," and for each school term thereafter.
(e) For purposes of this section, the following terms shall
have the following meanings:
"Teacher" shall mean a person who holds an instructional
certificate and is a full-time employe of a school district,
area career and technical school or intermediate unit.
Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021, or
immediately, whichever is later.
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