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SB 1216 - Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates - Pennsylvania Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with house amendments and pass a bill that authorizes the issuance of temporary teaching certificates.

Highlights:

 

  • Authorizes the Secretary of Education to do any of the following in the 2020-2021 school year (Sec. 1):

    • Waive the requirement to satisfactorily complete the assessment of basic skills;

    • 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 assessment because the assessments were canceled or could not be scheduled;

    • Issue an exceptional case permit for a professional employee who completed the final year of Level I Pennsylvania certificate validity in the 2019-2020 school year who was unable to complete the assessment requirements for conversion to a Level II Pennsylvania certificate because the assessments were canceled or could not be scheduled; and

    • Issue a temporary certificate to an individual who is unable to complete the appropriate subject matter test because the relevant assessment has been canceled or could not be scheduled. 

  • Specifies that the temporary certificates expire one year from the date of issuance and can be converted to full certificates once the outstanding assessments required for the full certificates have been completed (Sec. 1). 

  • Extends the deadline by which any paraprofessional employed by a school entity as of March 13, 2020, must satisfy staff development activity hour requirements to June 30, 2021 (Sec. 1).

Title: Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the issuance of temporary teaching certificates.

Highlights:

 

  • Authorizes the Secretary of Education to do any of the following in the 2020-2021 school year (Sec. 1):

    • Waive the requirement to satisfactorily complete the assessment of basic skills;

    • 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 assessment because the assessments were canceled or could not be scheduled;

    • Issue an exceptional case permit for a professional employee who completed the final year of Level I Pennsylvania certificate validity in the 2019-2020 school year who was unable to complete the assessment requirements for conversion to a Level II Pennsylvania certificate because the assessments were canceled or could not be scheduled; and

    • Issue a temporary certificate to an individual who is unable to complete the appropriate subject matter test because the relevant assessment has been canceled or could not be scheduled. 

  • Specifies that the temporary certificates expire one year from the date of issuance and can be converted to full certificates once the outstanding assessments required for the full certificates have been completed (Sec. 1). 

  • Extends the deadline by which any paraprofessional employed by a school entity as of March 13, 2020, must satisfy staff development activity hour requirements to June 30, 2021 (Sec. 1).

Title: Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates

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