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    An integral responsibility of the CCIU is to assist in keeping area educators apprised of state and federal legislation and, in turn, informing the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and state legislative representatives of local support and/or opposition to issues and policies, as well as the impact that proposed legislation will have on Chester County.

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HB25 (T) - An Act amending Title 24 (Education) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, establishing the Adult Education Workforce Recovery Grant Program and the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program Fund; and making a transfer.
Sponsor: Rep. James B. Struzzi (R)
Summary: (PN 15) Amends Title 24 (Education), establishing the Adult Education Workforce Recovery Grant Program and the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program Fund; and making a transfer. Effective immediately.
HB27 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, further providing for Basic Education Funding Commission and for special provisions applicable to limited school years, establishing the Child Reunification Program in the Department of Education and providing for minimum number of days or hours, for public job posting database, for instructional vacancy data and for data transparency; in duties and powers of boards of school directors, further providing for additional schools and departments; in school finances, providing for school district budget timeline for 2024 and for procedure for securing approval of electors; in grounds and buildings, further providing for limitation on new applications for Department of Education approval of public school building projects; in school directors' associations and county boards of school directors, further providing for powers and duties; in intermediate units, further providing for visual services and for school safety and security enhancements; in professional employees, repealing provisions relating to religious garb, insignia, etc., prohibited and penalty; in certification of teachers, further providing for substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers, for locally issued temporary certification for substitute teachers and for permit for classroom monitors; providing for Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program; in pupils and attendance, further providing for compulsory education of physical defectives, for dependent children, for cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children in approved institutions, for payment of cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children, for transfer of funds for transferal programs and for children under six with defective hearing and parent or guardian advised of schools, etc.; in safe schools, further providing for definitions and for Office for Safe Schools, repealing provisions relating to regulations and to reporting, further providing for policy relating to bullying and for maintenance of records, repealing provisions relating to safe schools advocate in school districts of the first class, to standing, to enforcement and to construction of article and other laws; in school safety and security, further providing for definitions and for School Safety and Security Committee, providing for duties of committee, further providing for School Safety and Security Grant Program, providing for Targeted School Safety Grants for Nonpublic Schools and School Entities Program, for standardized protocols, for county safe schools' collaborative and for school mental health grants for 2023-2024 school year, further providing for school safety and security coordinator training and providing for reporting and memorandum of understanding, for safe schools advocate in school districts of the first class and for enforcement; in school security, further providing for definitions, for school police officers, for annual report and for school security guards; in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services and providing for eating disorder awareness and education; in drug and alcohol recovery high school program, providing for enrollment of students; in terms and courses of study, providing for calculation of average daily membership for a dual credit course and further providing for Economic Education and Personal Financial Literacy Programs; in early learning programs, providing for quarterly meetings; in character education program, further providing for character education program; providing for the Dual Credit Innovation and Equity Grant Program; in high schools, further providing for attendance in other districts; in community colleges, further providing for financial program and reimbursement of payments; in educational tax credits, further providing for qualification and application by organizations, for limitations and for low-achieving schools; in school districts of the first class, further providing for qualifications of principals and teachers; in funding for public libraries, providing for State aid for fiscal year 2023-2024; in credit card marketing, further providing for regulation of on-campus credit card marketing; in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for definitions and for payments on account of pupils enrolled in career and technical curriculums, providing for Level-Up Supplement for 2022-2023 school year, further providing for payments on account of courses for exceptional children, for payments to intermediate units, for assistance to school districts declared to be in financial recovery status or identified for financial watch status, for payments, for payments on account of pupil transportation, for Ready-to-Learn Block Grant and for payment of required contribution for public school employees' Social Security; in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for applicability; providing for School Environmental Repairs Program; abrogating a regulation; and making an editorial change.
Sponsor: Rep. James B. Struzzi (R)
Summary: (PN 2106) Amends the Public School Code to add extensive provisions relating to children reunification program, education, tax credits and the Department of Education (PDE). Repeals provisions of 22 Pa. Code as they are inconsistent with the act. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 17, 1639, 1987, 2004) (PN 2004) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, to further provide for special provisions applicable to limited school years; in intermediate units, to provide definitions for school safety and security enhancements; and in certification of teachers, further providing for substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers, for locally issued temporary certification for substitute teachers, repeals section 1218 of the Act, expired on June 30, 2023, and amends the act to provide for permit for classroom monitors expiring on June 30, 2026. Amends Article XIII-A heading and sections 1301-A and 1302-A of the Act, renaming Article XII-A as student supports, specifying several definitions, repealing provisions relating to regulations and to reporting, further providing for policy relating to bullying and for maintenance of records, repealing provisions relating to safe schools advocate in school districts of the first class, to standing, and to enforcement and to construction of article and other laws. Amends section 1301-B to further provide for definitions. Provides for School Safety and Security Committee, detailing for duties of committee. Further provides for School Safety and Security Grant Program and for Targeted School Safety Grants for Nonpublic Schools Program. Establishes standardized protocols. Provides for county safe schools' collaborative and for school mental health grants for the 2023-2024 school year. Further provides for school safety and security coordinator training. Provides for reporting and memorandum of understanding, for safe schools advocate in school districts of the first class and for enforcement. Specifies definitions in school security. Further provides for police officials. Details the annual report. Provides for security guards. Makes an editorial change. (Prior Printer Number(s): 17, 1639, 1987) (PN 1987) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, further providing for special provisions applicable to limited school years, in certification of teachers, further providing for substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers, for locally issued temporary certification for substitute teachers and for permit for classroom monitors. Extends special provisions applicable to limited school years and substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers allowing individuals in student teacher programs may serve as a substitute teacher for more than 10 days in the person's assigned classroom. Repeals provisions relating to permit for classroom monitors, expired June 30, 2023, to carry out the act. Provides for permit classroom monitors and outlines details of monitors and duties of the Department of Education (PDE). Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 17, 1639) (PN 1639) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, extending special provisions applicable to limited school years and substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers allowing individuals in student teacher programs may serve as a substitute teacher for more than 10 days in the person's assigned classroom. Provides schools shall report on permits for classroom monitor by March 1, 2026 and report on the effectiveness of the classroom monitor permit by April 15, 2026. Effective immediately (Prior Printer's Number: 17). (PN 17) Amends the Public School Code, extending special provisions applicable to limited school years and substitute teaching permit for prospective teachers for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years; and, in certification of teachers, extending locally issued temporary certification for substitute teachers for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years. Effective immediately.
HB45 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for attendance policy at charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Clint Owlett (R)
Summary: (PN 34) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for attendance policy at charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools by providing a cyber charter school shall report on a weekly basis the attendance of each student for the preceding week to the school district of residence on a form developed by the Department of Education; provisions are effective beginning the 2023-2024 school year. Effective immediately. (PN 34) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for attendance policy at charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools by providing a cyber charter school shall report on a weekly basis the attendance of each student for the preceding week to the school district of residence on a form developed by the Department of Education; provisions are effective beginning the 2023-2024 school year. Effective immediately.
HB87 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for maintenance program.
Sponsor: Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D)
Summary: (PN 76) Amends Public School Code, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for a maintenance program to specify for each grant awarded, a school entity shall provide a local match equal to the lessor of the subtraction of the school entity's market value and income aid ratio, then multiplying the difference by the cost of the maintenance project. No grant award may exceed $3 million. Further providing for funding by specifying any amount appropriated for school building projects shall be used exclusively for the program for Fiscal Years 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Effective immediately. (PN 76) Amends Public School Code, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for a maintenance program to specify for each grant awarded, a school entity shall provide a local match equal to the lessor of the subtraction of the school entity's market value and income aid ratio, then multiplying the difference by the cost of the maintenance project. No grant award may exceed $3 million. Further providing for funding by specifying any amount appropriated for school building projects shall be used exclusively for the program for Fiscal Years 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Effective immediately.
HB100 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for cross-age tutoring program.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Freeman (D)
Summary: (PN 1093) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for tutoring program. Directs the State Board of Education to establish a tutoring program whereby pupils in grades 11 and 12 may tutor pupils in grades one through six, further providing for regulations. Adds a publication requirement. Makes editorial changes. Adds a definition for program. Effective in 90 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 87, 965) (PN 87) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for tutoring program. Directs the State Board of Education to establish a tutoring program whereby pupils in grades 11 and 12 may tutor pupils in grades one through six, further providing for regulations. Effective in 60 days.
HB110 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Shared Services Grant Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 94) Amends the Public School Code, providing for Shared Services Grant Program. Adds definitions for "department" and "program." Establishes the grant program under the Department of Education and provides for its administration through the department. Requires publication of information by the department regarding the availability of the grants. Provides for the appropriation of money by the General Assembly. Requires an annual report by the department to the General Assembly regarding the program. Provides for the department to be create rules and regulation as it deems necessary. Effective in 365 days.
HB111 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school finances, further providing for fiscal year and for tax levy and limitations.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 95) Amends the Public School Code, in school finances, further providing for fiscal year and for tax levy and limitations. Replaces "fifteen" days with "thirty" days regarding the adoption of the annual budget. Replaces "twenty" days with "thirty-five" days regarding the assessment of all school taxes. Effective in 60 days.
HB114 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for student-weighted basic education funding and for special education payments to school districts.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 97) Amends the Public School Code, in reimbursements by commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for student-weighted basic education funding and for special education payments to school districts. Provides for a payment schedule for the amount received by school districts in the school year 2013-14, to be funded in full for the school years 2015-16 through 2022-23 and decreasing by 20 percent every subsequent school year until 2027-28 when the funding will be zero. Adds that school districts will receive the full amount it received for school year 2013-14 for school years 2016-27 through 2023-24. After that, the funding will decrease by 20 percent every subsequent school year until 2028-29 when it will be at zero. Effective immediately.
HB118 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for days schools not to be kept open and for additional holidays and vacations.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 101) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for days schools not to be kept open and for additional holidays and vacations. Makes technical adjustments. Strikes the requirement that the board of school directors should require schools to observe Veteran's Day by special exercises. Effective in 60 days.
HB124 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for powers of board of trustees.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 107) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing the board of trustees of a charter school shall include a member appointed by the local board of school directors. Provides that a board of school directors shall appoint a member for regional charter schools. Effective immediately.
HB132 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, providing for full-time cyber education program offered by school district.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro (D)
Summary: (PN 115) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing for full-time cyber education program offered by school district to specify if a student in a school district that offers full-time cyber education enrolls in the cyber education, the student shall be subject to no tuition fees other than fees the school imposes on its students generally; if the student chooses to enroll in a cyber charter school, the student or their parent or guardian shall be responsible for paying the cyber charter school a per-student amount to the school in 12 equal monthly payments by the fifth day of each month within the school year. Provides a definition for full-time cyber education program. Effective in 60 days. (PN 115) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing for full-time cyber education programs offered by the school district to specify if a student in a school district that offers full-time cyber education enrolls in the cyber education, the student shall be subject to no tuition fees other than fees the school imposes on its students generally. iI the student chooses to enroll in a cyber charter school, the student or their parent or guardian shall be responsible for paying the cyber charter school a per-student amount to the school in 12 equal monthly payments by the fifth day of each month within the school year. Effective in 60 days.
HB143 (T) - An Act establishing the Pennsylvania Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Regina G. Young (D)
Summary: (PN 411) The Pennsylvania Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act establishes the Pennsylvania Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), providing that a qualified applicant is eligible for payment by the agency of a portion of the debt incurred by the qualified applicant through the agency-administered guaranteed Stafford or consolidation loan programs for the education necessary to be a school teacher in Pennsylvania if the recipient enters into a contract with the agency that requires the recipient to remain employed as a school teacher in Pennsylvania. Directs the agency to forgive 25 percent of the loan each year up to a maximum of $10,000 per year for up to a maximum of four years, further providing that no more than $40,000 shall be forgiven for a recipient. Further provides the agency shall determine a proportional forgiveness amount for part-time teachers based on the proportion of a full year that those recipients worked. Requires payments be made in accordance with regulations established by the agency. Provides the loan forgiveness award shall not be made for a loan that is in default at the time of application and loan forgiveness shall not be concurrently awarded to a recipient of another Commonwealth-provided loan forgiveness program. Directs PHEAA to compile a report by October 1, 2024, and every year thereafter to the governor and chair and minority chair of the appropriations committees and education committees in both chambers. Directs recipients to submit documentation of eligibility as required by PHEAA. Provides that program administration shall be made to the extent that money is appropriated by the General Assembly, further providing that if money is insufficient to fully fund administration of the program and all qualified applications, money shall be disbursed pro rata among recipients. Establishes PHEAA shall adopt regulations, policies, procedures and forms to implement the act. Effective in 60 days.
HB147 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for Keystone Exam Alternative Feasibility Study.
Sponsor: Rep. Jason Ortitay (R)
Summary: (PN 124) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, providing for Keystone Exam Alternative Feasibility Study. Directs the secretary of education to contract for an independent study to determine whether the SAT and ACT may be administered in lieu of the current statewide, standardized Keystone Exams in literature, algebra I and biology for high school students consistent with federal requirements under 20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)(H) (relating to state plans) with a report submitted within one year of the effective date of this subsection to the governor and chair and minority chair of the Education Committee in both chambers. Further defines "ACT," "Keystone Exam," "SAT" and "Secretary." Effective immediately.
HB148 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for eating disorder awareness and education.
Sponsor: Rep. Jason Ortitay (R)
Summary: (PN 955) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for eating disorder awareness and education. Directs school entities to annually provide parent education information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades six through twelve. Establishes eating disorder awareness and education requirements. Adds educational information and material requirements. Establishes an Eating Disorders Advisory Committee and provides for its membership and duties. Requires the Department of Education (PDE) to create educational information, materials and recommendations to school entities within one year. Requires PDE, the Department of Health (DOH) and the advisory committee to identify and develop appropriate additions or revisions to school health regulations. Adds further definitions. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 125) (PN 125) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for parent educational information regarding eating disorders. Directs school entities to annually provide parent education information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades six through twelve, further providing for guidelines. Provides the Department of Education (PDE), in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH), shall develop an Eating Disorders Task Force to develop and implement guidelines for providing parent educational information regarding eating disorders. Effective in 60 days.
HB180 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Universal School Meal Program; establishing the Universal School Meal Fund; and making an interfund transfer and an appropriation.
Sponsor: Rep. Emily Kinkead (D)
Summary: (PN 606) Amends the Public School Code, providing for the Universal School Meal Program; establishing the Universal School Meal Fund; and making an appropriation. Adds further definitions. Provides the duty of public schools to provide free breakfast and free lunch. Requires the collection of household income information regarding students of the public school entity through a household meal benefit application that aligns income data collection with federal law relating to school meal requirements and outlines the use of the data. Provides that additional snacks may be paid for by the student. Provides for the administration of the program by the department and allows the State Board of Education to create regulations as necessary. Provides annual public-school entity reporting and outlines the contents of the report. Adds that the department monitors public school entities that receive state reimbursement for compliance with the provisions of the section. Provides for state reimbursement, requires public school entities to maximize the federal reimbursements and provides that the department will provide state reimbursement to public school entities equal to the difference between the federal free reimbursement rate and the reduced price and the paid reimbursement rate under the National School Lunch program. Provides for the distribution of the reimbursement through the department. Requires public school entities to provide a meal in which the cost of the meal is equal to the federal reimbursement rate for a free meal. Establishes the Universal School Meal Fund in the Treasury. Provides for the continuing appropriation of the funds to the department and prevents administration action from preventing the deposit of money. Outlines the use of the fund and provides for the sources of the money, including the general fund, the Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, special funds, federal funds and any other sources of revenue. Provides for the inter-fund transfer 30 days after the effective date for the amount of cost for two meals for every student enrolled in a public school entity. Provides for the appropriation of $25 million from the general fund. Allows the department to create rules and regulations as necessary. Effective immediately.
HB211 (T) - An Act prohibiting public school entities from engaging in certain communications and actions involving prohibited indoctrination; and providing for requirements for public contractors and for enforcement.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 171) The Honesty in Teaching Act prohibits public school entities from engaging in certain communications and actions involving prohibited indoctrination, usage of school funds to teach prohibited material and teachers from being trained to avoid prohibited indoctrination. Provides requirements for public contractors to contract with a school. Provides for enforcement of provisions through guidelines and the review of complaints against a school regarding prohibited indoctrination. Effective immediately.
HB213 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in the State Board of Education, further providing for definitions and providing for academic standards review; and making editorial changes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 173) Amends the Public School Code, in the State Board of Education, further providing for definitions to insert a definition for department and amend the definition for State Board of Education. Provides for academic standards review by requiring the State Board to establish a schedule for the review of all academic standards relating to academic standards and assessment within 90 days. The review shall determine if standards are age appropriate, clear, industry-specific, academically challenging and meet the needs of the job market. The board shall submit a report to the appropriate education committees in the General Assembly with recommendations and findings on state academic standards. Effective immediately.
HB215 (T) - An Act requiring school districts to provide annual notice relating to certain pension and other postemployment benefit obligations; and providing for property disclosure statement and for duty of State Real Estate Commission.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 175) The Property Tax Pension Obligation Disclosure Act provides definitions for commission, other postemployment benefit and pension. Requires school districts to provide annual notice relating to the calculated total of unfunded pension and other postemployment benefits. Sellers that intend to transfer an interest in real property shall disclose the results of the calculation as an item on the property disclosure form. The State Real Estate Commission shall, within 90 days of the effective date, revise the property disclosure form and submit it for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Provisions relating to property disclosure form are effective six months after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Provisions relating to the commission's duties are effective immediately and the rest of the act is effective in 60 days. (PN 175) The Property Tax Pension Obligation Disclosure Act requires school districts to provide annual notice relating to certain pension and other postemployment benefit obligations; and provides for property disclosure statement and for duty of State Real Estate Commission. Portions are effective in 60 days and portions are effective six months after publication.
HB216 (T) - An Act providing for sport activities in public institutions of higher education and public school entities to be expressly designated male, female or coed; and creating causes of action for harms suffered by designation.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 176) The Fairness in Women's Sports Act provides for sport activities in public institutions of higher education and public school entities to be expressly designed for male, female or coed; and creates causes of action for harms suffered by designation. Provides definitions. Prohibits male students from participating in athletic teams or sports designated for females, women or girls. Establishes limitations on restriction. Provides for protection of educational institutions, cause of action and severability. Effective in 60 days.
HB218 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, providing for study of charter school academic and financial practices.
Sponsor: Rep. Mary Isaacson (D)
Summary: (PN 178) Amends Public School Code, in charter schools, providing for study of charter school academic and financial practices. Details what the study shall include. Provides that the state board, in conducting the study, shall give consideration to an examination of the factors associated with high-performing charter schools and low-performing charter schools, and shall identify policies, regulations and legislative changes needed to improve the academic and learning success of charter school students. No later than 12 months after the effective date, the state board shall issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB227 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school security, providing for school armed guards.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R)
Summary: (PN 202) Amends the Public School Code, in school security, providing for school armed guards. Requires each school entity that met tier 1 baseline criteria for physical security established by the School Safety and Security Committee to assign at least one school armed guard to each school building, designate a point or points of entry in each building through which each individual must enter and exit, except in the event of a fire drill, school security drill or emergency evacuation and equip each exterior door of a school building that has not been designated a point of entry and exit with a clearly marked sign designating the door as an emergency exit only and an audible alarm that sounds when the door is opened within one year of the section's effective date. Effective immediately.
HB230 (T) - An Act establishing the Integrated Student Supports Program and the Integrated Student Supports Fund; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D)
Summary: (PN 191) The Integrated Student Supports Act intends to remove academic and nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success, decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates in public elementary and secondary schools, and provide the Department of Education the ability to distribute grants to public school entities. Effective immediately.
HB242 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for face covering or mask mandate opt out.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R)
Summary: (PN 205) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing a parent or legal guardian of a child of school age may opt out the child from wearing a face covering or mask which the child's school imposes as a result of a recommendation or mandate from the secretary of health or local board or department of health or school board that is primarily responsible for the prevention and control of communicable or noncommunicable disease. Requires posting a form online to allow parents or legal guardians to opt out of the child from wearing a face covering or mask and the form may not require an excuse to opt out. Provides a student who opts out may not be relegated to certain physical locations, isolated during school activities or excluded from school sponsored events or activities. Effective immediately.
HB259 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, further providing for assessment of civic knowledge.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 222) Amends the Public School Code further providing for the assessment of civic knowledge. Provides beginning in the 2024-25 school year and each school year thereafter, in order to graduate from high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma, a student shall correctly answer at least 60 percent of the questions on the assessment of civic knowledge. Effective in 60 days.
HB260 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for capital investment needs.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 223) Amends the Public School Code adding a new article requiring the Department of Education to conduct a one-time survey of each school entity to determine the amount of current capital investment needs of the school entity. Provides for the content of the survey. Also requires a school entity to provide a report in response to the survey to the department and the contents of the report. Further requires the department to consolidate the survey results and issue a detailed report to the General Assembly. Further provides for temporary regulations. Effective immediately.
HB261 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for extended special education enrollment due to COVID-19.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 224) Amends the Public School Code adding language allowing the secretary of education, through the 2035-36 school year, to permit a student who meets certain conditions to attend a school entity through the school year in which the student reaches 22 years of age. The conditions include: the student has not graduated from high school; the student has an active Individualized Education Program (IEP) at any point during the school year in which the student turned 21 years of age; and the student has been continuously enrolled in a school entity since the 2020-21 school year. Requires a school entity to enroll a student if the secretary provides permission and requires the department to develop a standard election form for a parent or guardian to elect to enroll the student. Effective immediately.
HB263 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school directors, further providing for school director training programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 226) Amends the Public-School Code, in school directors, adding requirements for the 2024-2025 school year, and in each school year thereafter, to include the completion of a training program made available by the Department of Education (PDE) within the first year of the director's first term, the requirements for the training program, and the completion of an advanced training program each year by the director, as made available by the department, provides requirements for the training program to be made available by the PDE at no cost to the school districts or directors and for the newly appointed trustee of a charter school entity to include the completion of a training program, made available by the department in consultation with statewide organizations representing Charter Schools, provides for program definitions, provides that the training program should consist of a minimum of 14 hours of instruction and requirements; further provides for four-hour advanced training programs at no extra cost to the charter school entities or trustees. Effective in 60 days.
HB264 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in the State System of Higher Education, providing for free tuition for school board members.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 227) Amends the Public-School Code, in the State System of Higher Education, adding individuals who serve as school board members are eligible to enroll in eligible courses. Provides for the responsibilities of the board to include identifying and reviewing courses offered within the system that could be deemed eligible, developing a list of eligible courses, and updating the list every three years. Adds the requirements for the annual report submitted by each institution to include the number of school board members taking the courses and the total number of eligible courses in which the members are enrolled. Stipulates that no later than June 30, 2024, and each June 30 thereafter the board should report the total number of eligible courses taken by school board members to the General Assembly. Adds that the General Assembly should appropriate sufficient money to reimburse the system for each eligible course taken by no later than June 30, 2024, and each June 30 thereafter. Adds definitions for eligible courses and school board members. Effective in 60 days.
HB266 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school directors, further providing for compensation and oath of office.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 229) Amends the Public School Code, in school directors, providing compensation for a person elected or appointed as a school director for service on behalf of the school district. Adds the requirement that the compensation must be approved by the board, and that it should be consistent with the compensation limits for individuals elected to serve in a municipality in which the school district is located. Provides that the school director should swear an oath before assuming office. Effective in 60 days.
HB301 (Chapter 33) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for actual cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children in the four chartered schools for education of the deaf and the blind; making a repeal; and making editorial changes.
Sponsor: Rep. Patrick J. Harkins (D)
Summary: (PN 2326) Amends the Public School Code to provide for an extensive number of provisions. In educational tax credits, removes provisions relating to definitions, qualification and application by organizations and to limitations. Establishes the School Environmental Repairs Program. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 256, 954, 1035, 2311) (PN 2311) Amends the Public School Code to provide for an extensive number of provisions. Establishes the School Environmental Repairs Program. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 256, 954, 1035) (PN 1035) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for actual cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children in the four chartered schools for education of the deaf and the blind. Specifies that $1 million of the money appropriated to the Department of Education (PDE) shall be used for capital-related costs and deferred maintenance, to be divided equally between each chartered school for education of the deaf and blind. Specifies that $1,000,000 shall be used for capital-related costs and deferred maintenance to be divided equally between each chartered school for education of the deaf and the blind. Removes references to “traumatic.” Makes related repeals. The act shall apply retroactively to July 1, 2022. Certain amendments are effective immediately. The remainder of the act is effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 256, 954) (PN 954) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for actual cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children in the four chartered schools for education of the deaf and the blind. Specifies that $1 million of the money appropriated to the Department of Education (PDE) shall be used for capital-related costs and deferred maintenance, to be divided equally between each chartered school for education of the deaf and blind. Makes related repeals. Amendments to provisions relating to actual cost of tuition and maintenance of certain exceptional children in the four chartered schools for education of the deaf and blind and repeals are effective immediately. The remainder of the act is effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 256) (PN 256) Amends the Public School Code, making editorial changes to remove derogatory words, phrases and terms such as "crippled", "defective", "disturbed", "handicapped" and "retarded" from the code. Removes changes to homebound instruction and updates terminology related to intellectual disability, removing reference to "at the detention home" and reference to "other" related inappropriate conduct. Effective in 60 days.
HB302 (T) - An Act amending the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3), known as the Right-to-Know Law, in procedure, further providing for exceptions for public records; and, in judicial review, further providing for fee limitations.
Sponsor: Rep. Patrick J. Harkins (D)
Summary: (PN 257) Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in procedure, further providing for exceptions for public records; and, in judicial review, further providing for fee limitations. Adds records that are reasonably burdensome in their score for an agency to produce to exceptions for public records. Establishes for-profit entity fees and outlines the fee guidelines. Exempt newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets and similar organizations from the fee. Effective 60 days.
HB311 (T) - A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for the maintenance and support of public education.
Sponsor: Rep. Milou Mackenzie (R)
Summary: (PN 266) Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for the maintenance and support of public education to specify the General Assembly shall maintain and support public education funding and that spending shall be allocated to individual students to attend the schools that fit the students' needs. A Joint Resolution proposing integrated amendments to the Constitution of Pennsylvania Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.
HB319 (T) - An Act providing for classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity and for parental notification of student health care services; and establishing cause of action for violation.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R)
Summary: (PN 282) The Parental Rights in Education Act prohibits a school entity from offering instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through fifth grade; and establishing cause of action for violation. Requires a parental notification system to inform the parent of student health care services offered by the school entity and outlines the content of the notification. Requires written notice, publication and consent withholding options sent to parents or legal guardians regarding student well-being questionnaires or health care screening forms or surveys offered to a student. Prohibits a school entity, professional employee or school representative from encouraging the student to withhold information from their parents regarding their mental or physical health. Prohibits the parent or legal guardian from accessing the student's education or health records created, maintained or used by the school entity. Prohibits retaliation against a student who reports a violation of this act to a school entity or a federal or state agency with oversight. Provides for civil action by a student or parent in case of a perceived violation. Effective in 60 days.
HB341 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in intermediate units, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and providing for school social workers; and, in school health services, further providing for health services and providing for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses.
Sponsor: Rep. Dan L. Miller (D)
Summary: (PN 304) Amends the Public School Code, in intermediate units, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, providing for school social workers to indicate a school entity that employs a school social worker must require the employee in the position to hold an educational specialist certificate for school social workers and barring certain exceptions; and in school health services, providing when a student who enrolls in a school entity after attending another entity, the new entity shall request and be provided the student's health record. Provides for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses by ensuring a ratio of staff is maintained. Effective in 60 days.
HB346 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, further providing for reporting.
Sponsor: Rep. Dan L. Miller (D)
Summary: (PN 309) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, requiring chief school administrators to report an incident of attempted suicide or committed suicide on school property no later than 72 hours after the incident. Further provides the report shall not reveal identifying information of a student and meet requirements under 20 U.S.C. 1232g (relating to family educational and privacy rights) or its successor statute. Effective in 60 days.
HB392 (T) - An Act providing for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools; requiring public school districts to allow religious expression in class assignments, to provide students with the freedom to organize religious groups and activities and to provide a limited public forum for student speakers at nongraduation and graduation events; and providing for a model policy for voluntary religious expression in public schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Rob W. Kauffman (R)
Summary: (PN 359) The Student Religious Liberties Act provides definitions for department and public school entity. Prohibits public school entities from discriminating against voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints and requires public schools to allow religious expression. Allows students the freedom to organize and requires public schools to establish a limited public forum for student speakers without discrimination. Provides not later than October 1, 2023, the Department of Education shall develop model policy for public schools in compliance with the act. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later. (PN 359) The Student Religious Liberties Act provides definitions for department and public school entity. Prohibits public school entities from discriminating against voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints and requires public schools to allow religious expression. Allows students the freedom to organize and requires public schools to establish a limited public forum for student speakers without discrimination. Provides not later than October 1, 2023, the Department of Education shall develop model policy for public schools in compliance with the act. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB431 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for immunization required and penalty.
Sponsor: Rep. Russ Diamond (R)
Summary: (PN 398) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for immunization required and penalty. Provides a public school entity, nonpublic school, political subdivision or the commonwealth shall include with any notice, publication, posting or provision of information containing new, existing or changes to immunization requirements issued by the commonwealth with specified information. Effective in 60 days.
HB445 (T) - An Act providing for community college educational assistance.
Sponsor: Rep. Daniel J. Deasy (D)
Summary: (PN 413) The Community College Educational Assistance Act provides for community college educational assistance. Establishes the Community College Educational Assistance Program, providing Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) shall disregard one-third of an eligible student's expected family contribution and Federal Pell Grant award amount when calculating the eligible student's Pennsylvania State Grant. Effective in 60 days.
HB446 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, repealing provisions relating to third-party services; and, in terms and courses of study, further providing for pandemic of 2020.
Sponsor: Rep. Valerie S. Gaydos (R)
Summary: (PN 414) Amends the Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, repealing provisions relating to third-party services, and, in terms and courses of study, further providing for COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Repeals Section 528 of the Public School Code. Effective in 60 days.
HB447 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations relating to cyber charter schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Daniel J. Deasy (D)
Summary: (PN 415) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, further providing for applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations relating to cyber charter schools. Provides that cyber charter schools, including cyber charter management companies and other entities that operate cyber charter schools, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, shall be subject to audits by the auditor general under Section 403 of the Fiscal Code. Effective in 60 days.
HB456 (T) - An Act providing for the display of the national motto "In God We Trust" in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry A. Stambaugh (R)
Summary: (PN 424) The National Motto Display Act provides for the governing board of each school entity to display "In God We Trust," in each school building, directs the secretary of education within 15 days of the effective date and every five years thereafter to provide each school with notification and recommendations for promotion of the national motto. Effective in 60 days.
HB464 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., nonviolence and civil rights instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 432) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., nonviolence and civil rights instruction. Provides that beginning with the 2024-25 school year and each school year thereafter, a school entity shall offer instruction on the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968, further providing for integration with the social studies course of study required in accordance with state academic standards approved by the State Board of Education. Effective immediately.
HB471 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in books, furniture and supplies, providing for purchase and use of green cleaning products.
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Briggs (D)
Summary: (PN 439) Amends the Public School Code, in books, furniture and supplies, providing for purchase and use of green cleaning products to specify the board of school directors of each school district shall purchase green cleaning products for use by public schools. Schools may exhaust current supplies before purchasing the cleaning products. Provides a definition for green cleaning products. Effective in 60 days.
HB472 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for mental health education.
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Briggs (D)
Summary: (PN 440) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for mental health education by specifying each school under the Department of Education shall incorporate mental health education into curricula to ensure the school recognizes importance of mental health. Schools may consult a mental health organization to establish age-appropriate material to be taught in mental health education. Effective in 60 days.
HB473 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for media literacy education.
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Briggs (D)
Summary: (PN 441) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for media literacy education to state the Department of Education (PDE), in consultation with the State Board of Education, shall develop an age-appropriate model curriculum for students in grades K-12 for media literacy instruction. PDE shall make available to school districts on PDE's website a list of resources and materials on media literacy and shall ensure the training is made available for use in programs for teachers. Effective in 60 days.
HB476 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, further providing for transferred programs and classes.
Sponsor: Rep. Dan L. Miller (D)
Summary: (PN 444) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, further providing for transferred programs and classes. Provides protections for professional school employees, temporary professional school employees, and administrators if students are reassigned to another school district due to the closing of a building or buildings. Provides that the closing school district shall create a pool of employees who have received formal notice of suspension as a result of the closure and the receiving school shall offer employment if they need additional staff. Establishes that the receiving school district would select employees in order of seniority to provide services in the receiving district, and employees hired from the pool shall be credited by the hiring school district for all accumulated leave, wages, retirement incentives or severance payments. Effective in 60 days.
HB481 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, providing for "What is your Pennsylvania Story" continuing professional development course; and, in terms and courses of study, further providing for Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Jared G. Solomon (D)
Summary: (PN 449) Amends Public School Code, in certification of teachers, providing for "What is your Pennsylvania Story" continuing professional development course to indicate the Department of Education (PDE) shall develop and implement a continuing course on each student's "Pennsylvania Story" in anticipation of the United States semiquincentennial; and, in terms and courses of study, providing for cultural intolerance in provisions related to the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. The course shall provide students the opportunity to learn skills and cultures and increase their tolerance. By July 31, 2023, and each July 31 thereafter until 2028, PDE shall submit to the appropriate committees of the General Assembly. Provides definitions for department, paraprofessional, professional educator, school or system leaders and "What is your Pennsylvania Story." Effective in 60 days.
HB492 (T) - An Act establishing the Governor's School of Urban Teaching; and providing for duties of the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Regina G. Young (D)
Summary: (PN 460) The Governor's School of Urban Teaching Act establishes the Governor's School of Urban Teaching and provides for duties of the Department of Education. This legislation provides that the Department of Education shall operate, administer, and schedule the program. The bill also ensures that students attending the Governor's School of Urban Teaching shall not be required to pay any tuition or fees for participation in the program. Effective in 60 days.
HB514 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for individual empowerment scholarship accounts; and establishing the Pennsylvania Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program, the Department of Education Empowerment Scholarship Fund and the State Treasurer Empowerment Scholarship Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Neilson (D)
Summary: (PN 483) Amends the School Code, establishing the Pennsylvania Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program in the Department of Education (DEP), DEP Empowerment Scholarship Fund and State Treasurer Empowerment Fund. Adds further definitions. Provides for the qualification requirements for students. Requires a signed enrollment agreement to enroll a qualified student in the program. Outlines the contents of the enrollment agreement. Establishes the Department of Education Empowerment Scholarship fund and provides for its administration by the department. Adds the money in the fund to be subject to legislative appropriation and is to be used by the department for the cost of administering the program. Establishes the State Treasurer Empowerment Scholarship in the treasury and appropriates money transferred by the department to the treasurer. Provides the administration of the fund through the treasurer. Requires account renewals from a parent of a qualified student on an annual basis. Provides for prohibitions and return of any remaining funds. Excludes the money from taxable income to the parent of the qualified student. Provides for the administration of individual empowerment scholarship account, including quarterly transfers of the amount by the department to the treasurer for deposit into the account of the qualified student. Provides for applications, scholarship rewards, private management, audits, account suspensions and referral to the Attorney General in case of misuse. Provides for annual budget submissions and rules and policies, adopted as necessary to administer the program. Adds that a State agency cannot exercise control or supervision over a nonpublic school or home school. Provides for prohibitions, including requiring a school to change its creed, practices, admissions policy or curriculum to accept students who receive an individual empowerment scholarship account. Effective in 60 days.
HB525 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for CPR instruction and providing for procedures regarding response to cardiac arrest and for donations for use related to CPR and AED instruction; and, in school health services, repealing provisions relating to automatic external defibrillators and providing for availability and specifications of automated external defibrillators.
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Neilson (D)
Summary: (PN 493) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, further providing for CPR instruction and providing for procedures regarding response to cardiac arrest. Directs school entities to make available to district employees and volunteers instruction in the principles and techniques of CPR and the use of automated external defibrillator (AED). Requires school entities to ensure that each AED location has at least five people trained and certified in the use of an AED, further requiring school entities to ensure that at a minimum one person trained and certified in the use of an AED is in the immediate vicinity of the location of the AED during school hours. Allows the Department of Education (PDE) to accept donations for use in providing CPR and AED instruction to students, school employees and volunteers. Requires the availability of at least one AED in each occupied building on the school's premises or campus at all times. Effective in 60 days.
HB533 (T) - An Act amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, in nomination of candidates, providing for background checks for candidates for school district office.
Sponsor: Rep. Jeanne Mcneill (D)
Summary: (PN 504) Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code, in nomination of candidates, providing for background checks for candidates for school district office at the time of filing a candidate's nomination petition and a candidate's affidavit. Further provides for certification from the Department of Human Services (DHS) as to whether the candidate is named in the statewide database as the alleged perpetrator in a pending child abuse investigation or as the perpetrator of a founded report or an indicated report. Establishes a candidate may be ineligible to run for any school district office if DHS verifies the candidate is named in the statewide database as the perpetrator of a founded report committed within the five-year period immediately preceding verification pursuant to this section, the candidate's criminal history record information indicates the candidate has been convicted of any of the specified offenses or equivalent crimes under federal law or the law of another state, the candidate's criminal history record information indicates that the candidate has been convicted of a felony offense under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act committed within the five-year period immediately preceding verification under this section, the candidate's criminal history record information indicates that the candidate has been convicted of an offense under 18 U.S.C. 2261 (relating to interstate domestic violence) or 2262 (relating to interstate violation of protection order), the candidate's name appears on the National Crime Information Center National Sex Offender Registry or the state's sex offender registry or the candidate's name appears on a statewide database or its equivalent as a perpetrator of child abuse. Provides the Department of State (DOS) shall promulgate rules and regulations as necessary to carry out this section. Effective immediately.
HB539 (T) - An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault.
Sponsor: Rep. Ed Neilson (D)
Summary: (PN 512) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault. Includes a school crossing guard of a school district or local police department, while acting within the scope of their employment to the offense of aggravated assault. Effective 60 days.
HB552 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for nonpublic school and home education program exemption.
Sponsor: Rep. David H. Zimmerman (R)
Summary: (PN 525) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing that nonpublic school and home education programs shall be exempt from the requirements of any declaration by the governor of disaster emergency or any order by the secretary of health. Provides definitions. Effective immediately.
HB557 (T) - An Act amending the act of January 28, 1988 (P.L.24, No.11), known as the Private Academic Schools Act, further providing for definitions, for State Board of Private Academic Schools, for powers and duties of board, for application for license, for issuance and renewal of license, for directory of private academic schools, for requirements for licensure and operation, for enforcement, refusal, suspension or revocation of license and for promulgation of rules and regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. David H. Zimmerman (R)
Summary: (PN 529) Amends the Private Academic Schools Act providing that "private academic school" or "school" includes online schools and makes changes to incorporate online schools. Provides that the board shall promulgate rules and regulations and establish policies, principles and standards necessary to carry out the purposes of this act as they relate to online schools. Responsibilities under the act are delegated from the department to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Effective in 60 days.
HB561 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in organization meetings and officers of boards of school directors, further providing for solicitor and other appointees.
Sponsor: Rep. David H. Zimmerman (R)
Summary: (PN 533) Amends the Public School Code, in organization meetings and officers of boards of school directors, further providing for solicitor and other appointees. Provides that it is the duty of a solicitor or assistant solicitor appointed by a board of school directors to act loyally and in accordance with the best interest of the students and parents, act impartially and avoid conflicts of interest, abstain from deception, practice honesty and equity, act with care, competence and diligence, and act in good faith. Allows a parent or student to bring a civil cause of action in a court of common pleas based upon a violation of a duty and may recover $1,000 per violation, treble damages, and any other relief deemed appropriate by the court. Effective in 60 days.
HB562 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for health services and for vision screening and examinations, providing for eye health examinations and further providing for examinations by examiners of own choice.
Sponsor: Rep. David H. Zimmerman (R)
Summary: (PN 534) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for health services and for vision screening and examinations. Provides that children of school age shall be given an eye health examination upon admission to school, in fourth grade, in eighth grade and as part of the evaluation of and prior to the student's application for certain federal programs. Provisions are not applicable to students not enrolled at a school. Provides a definition for "eye health examination." Effective in 60 days.
HB574 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Jessica Benham (D)
Summary: (PN 546) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools. Provides that for the 2020-2021 school year and each school year thereafter for special education students, the charter school shall receive for each student enrolled an amount which shall be paid by the district of residence of each student. For each special education student enrolled in the charter school for which the annual expenditure is less than $25,000, multiply the same funding for each non-special education student by 1.51. For each special education student enrolled in the charter school for which the annual expenditure is greater than $25,000 and less than $50,000, multiply the same funding for each non-special education student by 3.77. For each special education student enrolled in the charter school for which the annual expenditure is greater than $50,000, multiply the same funding for each non-special education student by 7.46. Effective in 60 days.
HB576 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for evaluation of potentially hazardous walking routes; and imposing duties on the Department of Transportation.
Sponsor: Rep. Jessica Benham (D)
Summary: (PN 548) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing for evaluation of potentially hazardous walking routes and imposing duties on the Department of Transportation. Effective immediately.
HB579 (T) - An Act establishing and providing for the implementation and administration of the Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) Program; and providing for powers and duties of the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 553) The Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) Program Act establishes and provides for the implementation and administration of the BEST program and provides for powers and duties of the Department of Education (PDE). Establishes that PDE shall allocate an amount not to exceed $1,500 for each beginning educator participating in the program at an eligible school district. Provides that PDE shall evaluate the effectiveness of the program two years following its full implementation with an interim report provided to the General Assembly no later than July 1, 2024, if full funding has not been provided prior to that date. Effective July 1, 2021, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB582 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for fire and emergency evacuation drills.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 556) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for school security drills and requiring an accurate and up-to-date record of all drills completed by a person in charge at each school building. The Department of Education shall annually provide a report on statewide compliance with this section to the education committees of the General Assembly and the state fire commissioner and the report shall be made available online. Effective in 60 days.
HB593 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement; and making an appropriation.
Sponsor: Rep. Melissa L. Shusterman (D)
Summary: (PN 794) Amends the Public School Code, providing for child and adult care food program supplements. Inserts definitions for department, enrollee, facility, program and supplement. Establishes the Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement to be administered by the Department of Education (PDE). Appropriates $30,000,000 on an annual, continuing basis from the General Fund to PDE for the period beginning the first October 1 after the effective date and each October 1 thereafter, to end on the first subsequent September 30 and each September 30 thereafter. Makes appropriations. No later than June 1 following the date of each appropriation, PDE shall compile an annual report on the program and supplement. Effective in 60 days.
HB623 (Chapter 28) (T) - An Act providing for the capital budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.
Sponsor: Rep. Jordan A. Harris (D)
Summary: (PN 1132) The Capital Budget Act of 2023-2024 provides for overall limitations on debt to be incurred for capital projects. Provides the maximum principal amount of additional debt to be incurred during the 2023-2024 fiscal year for capital projects shall be capped at $600,000 for building and structure public improvement projects, $10,000,000 for furniture and equipment, $350,000,000 for transportation assistance projects, $375,000,000 for redevelopment assistance projects and $1,335,000,000 for flood control projects. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB639 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for litterbug education.
Sponsor: Rep. Milou Mackenzie (R)
Summary: (PN 578) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for litterbug education beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Establishes that each student enrolled in a school entity in kindergarten through grade give shall have instruction in litter prevention and awareness. Provides guidance for instruction and defines school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB640 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, providing for professional librarian.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 579) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, providing that each public school in the commonwealth shall employ at least one professional, certified librarian. Effective in 60 days.
HB645 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for bullying prevention education.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 584) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for bullying prevention education beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to develop a model bullying prevention education curriculum and compile, develop and post recommended guidelines and educational materials for the training on PDE's website. Effective in 60 days.
HB647 (T) - An Act establishing the Safe Schools Partnership; conferring powers and imposing duties on the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education; providing for a bullying identification, prevention and intervention model plan; and imposing duties on schools and school districts.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 586) The Safe Schools Partnership Act establishes the Safe Schools Partnership within the Office of Attorney General; confers powers and imposes duties on the attorney general and the secretary of education; provides for a bullying identification, prevention and intervention model plan; and imposes duties on the schools and school districts. Provides definitions. Effective immediately.
HB649 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, providing for parental notification of certain incidents.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 588) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, providing for parental notification of certain incidents. Requires all school entities to adopt policies and procedures for timely notification to parents, guardians or custodial parents of a student involved in incidents that occur on school property. Establishes that schools shall provide notice when students sustain serious injuries or inflict serious injuries on another student while on school property, on the school bus or at a school activity. Requires a school safety report to be submitted to the Department of Education. Effective in 60 days.
HB655 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for definition of children with exceptionalities, reports and examination.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 594) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for definition of children with exceptionalities, reports and examination. Adds language to include dyslexia in the term "children with exceptionalities." Effective in 60 days.
HB659 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school finances, further providing for distress in school districts of the first class; in grounds and buildings, further providing for public hearing prior to closing school; and, in pupils and attendance, providing for conditions for closing schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 598) Amends the Public School Code, in school finances, directing the board of school directors or a special board of control in a school district of the first class to hold a separate hearing for each school proposed to permanently close in the school district and each school designated to receive an increase of 30 percent or more in school enrollment as the result of a school being permanently closed. Provides for notice on the school district's website. Establishes conditions for closing schools. Effective in 60 days.
HB662 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for comprehensive school counseling services.
Sponsor: Rep. Dan L. Miller (D)
Summary: (PN 601) Amends the Public School Code requiring sufficient time at each school entity to be allotted for the school entity's counselor to carry out duties stated in the school entity's plan. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to monitor each school entity to ensure implementation and compliance with this article beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Effective immediately.
HB663 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for residence and right to free school privileges.
Sponsor: Rep. Jeanne Mcneill (D)
Summary: (PN 2229) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for residence and right to free school privileges by adding that if it is found that the parents or guardian of a child do not reside in the school district, the child may not be removed from the school until all possible appeals have been exhausted or, if no appeal is filed, the last date upon which the final appeal could have been filed pursuant to the appropriate grievance policy of the school district until certain conditions are met by the parents or guardian. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 604) (PN 604) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for residence and right to free school privileges by adding that if it is found that the parents or guardian of a child do not reside in the school district, the child may not be removed from the school until all possible appeals have been exhausted or, if no appeal is filed, the last date upon which the final appeal could have been filed pursuant to the appropriate grievance policy of the school district. Effective in 60 days.
HB668 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in fostering independence through education, further providing for definitions, for fostering independence waiver program, for outreach and for report.
Sponsor: Rep. Jessica Benham (D)
Summary: (PN 1719) Amends the Public School Code, in fostering independence through education, further providing for definitions to insert definitions for kinship care and kinship caregiver and amends the definition of kinship care to reduce it to the care of a child by a kinship caregiver when the biological or custodial parents of the child cannot care for the child. Provides eligibility requires people to be under the care of a kinship care giver and be eligible for a Pell grant. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later (Prior Printer Number(s): 611, 956). (PN 956) Amends the Public School Code, in fostering independence through education, further providing for definitions to insert definitions for kinship care and kinship caregiver and amends the definition of kinship care to reduce it to the care of a child by a kinship caregiver when the biological or custodial parents of the child cannot care for the child. Effective July 1, 2023. (Prior Printer Number(s): 611) (PN 611) Amends the Public School Code, in fostering independence through education, further providing for definitions to insert definitions for kinship care and kinship caregiver. Further providing for fostering independence waiver program to detail eligibility in the fostering independence waiver program. Further providing for outreach to specify recipients of grants under the Chafee Education and Training Grant Program are included in provisions. And further providing for report to add the reporting requirement of the number of students in kinship care who are participating in the program. Makes technical and organizational changes. Effective on July 1, 2023.
HB670 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school finances, further providing for fiscal year.
Sponsor: Rep. Tarah Probst (D)
Summary: (PN 613) Amends the Public School Code, in school finances, further providing for fiscal year to specify the fiscal year beginning after June 30, 2022, is the budget reporting deadline by the board of school directors of a school district of the second, third or fourth class. Adds that for fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2022, a school district of the second, third or fourth class may delay the adoption of its annual budget beyond the last day of July where legislation providing the appropriation for basic education funding is not enacted by July 1. Requires the adoption of the budget 30 days after legislation is enacted, after the July 1 delayed deadline. Effective immediately.
HB676 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Affordability of College Education Scholarship Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Rozzi (D)
Summary: (PN 619) Amends the Public School Code, providing for the Affordability of College Education Scholarship Program. Adds definitions academic year, cost of attendance, department, eligible student, emergency grant, FAFSA or application, financial aid, full-time enrollment, funding award, institutional aid, private scholarship, program, program administration agreement, scholarship agreement, scholarship award, scholarship recipient and state system. Establishes the Affordability of College Education Scholarship (ACES) Program within the Department of Education (PDE). Provides for funding awards to be made by PDE to the state system. Outlines allocation requirements of the money from PDE. Provides for the duties of PDE, including entering into a program administration agreement with the state system. Provides for the termination of the agreement in case of a breach of a material term or condition, misuse of funds or violations of a condition by the state board. Allows for PDE to administer the ACES program in case of termination. Provides for audits and regulations. Outlines temporary regulation guidelines. Provides for the duties of the state system, including administration, assigning rights and responsibilities. Provides for the duties of institutions to coordinate with the state system in administering the program and outlines the responsibilities and duties of the institutions regarding the program. Allows institutions to adopt local branding or the program. Provides for the qualifications of scholarship recipients and renewal requirements. Requires refunding by the institutions in case of a withdrawal by a student during the institution's full refund drop period. Establishes need-based eligibility tiers. Provides for a maximum and minimum award determined by the department, emergency grants, award term limitations, penalties and for the exclusion of the award money from taxable income. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB688 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the PA Teacher Pipeline Scholarship Program; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and certain institutions of higher education.
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Rozzi (D)
Summary: (PN 1036) Amends the Public School Code, establishing the PA Teacher Pipeline Scholarship Program. Imposes duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and certain institutions of higher education. Inserts definitions. Establishes the requirements for applying for student aid grants prior to the scholarship grant. Adds that a career and technical education (CTE) teacher may not be excluded from receiving a scholarship grant if the individual continues to work for a CTE school prior to receiving an instructional certification. Establishes regulations and guidelines to be adopted by PHEAA. Outlines reporting requirements. Adds that PHEAA may retain a reasonable amount necessary to pay for direct costs to implement the program, not exceeding five percent from the funds appropriated to PHEAA. Adds PHEAA must include an estimate of costs to administer the program in its annual submissions. Makes related repeals. Effective in 90 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 631) (PN 631) Amends the Public School Code, establishing the PA Teach Scholarship Program; imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE); and making an appropriation. Adds further definitions. Establishes the PA Teach Scholarship Program within the agency. Provides for scholarship grants and requires the student to apply for federal Pell grants and state grants to cover the cost of attendance. Provides the order of financial aid. Provides for the eligibility requirements for a student. Provides for the amount of grants of up to $8,000 per academic year and allows for renewals. Provides application requirements and termination criteria. Provides for limitations and the awarding of grants on a first-come, first-served basis. Provides for the enforcement of the repayments by the agencies for students who do not comply with the requirements. Provides that the scholarship grants do not constitute taxable income. Provides for regulations created by the agency as necessary. Adds an annual reporting requirement. Appropriates $50 million from the general fund to the agency for the current fiscal year for the program. Effective in 90 days.
HB722 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools, for provisions applicable to charter schools and for applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Tarah Probst (D)
Summary: (PN 871) Amends the Public School Code further providing for funding for charter schools. Provides for the 2022-23 school year and each school year thereafter, for special education students, the charter school shall receive for each student an amount which shall be paid by the district or residence of each student to be determined by the formula provided in the legislation. Effective in 60 days.
HB723 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, providing for invoices for special education services.
Sponsor: Rep. Tarah Probst (D)
Summary: (PN 872) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing each charter school, regional charter school and cyber charter school that provides special education services for a student and seeks payments for special education services shall provide the school district of residence of the student an invoice specifying the special education services actually provided to the student and the cost of providing special education services along with any documentation required by the school district of residence. Effective immediately.
HB732 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for mascot transition grants; and establishing the Mascot Grant Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher M. Rabb (D)
Summary: (PN 675) Amends the Public School Code, providing for mascot transition grants; and establishing the Mascot Grant Fund. Adds definitions. Establishes the Mascot Grant Fund in the State Treasury and appropriates $1 million of the department's appropriation from the general fund to the Mascot Grant Fund. Provides grant amounts of up to $20,000 for eligible institutions which have an American Indian mascot as of the effective date of this section and voluntarily discontinue the mascot. Outlines the use of the grant money to offset the costs associated with the discontinued use of an American Indian mascot. Allows the department to generate regulations as necessary for the administration of the fund. Provides for an application process and outlines the eligibility criteria. Allows the department to consult the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Office of Advocacy and Reform or other commonwealth agency for legal, administrative or cultural guidance to school entities applying for mascot grants. Effective in 60 days.
HB755 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for portable airway clearance devices.
Sponsor: Rep. Timothy R. Bonner (R)
Summary: (PN 704) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for portable airway clearance devices. Provides that beginning with the school year 2023-2024 and each school year after, each school entity must provide at least one portable airway clearance device in the cafeteria and in the office of the school nurse, placed in an unlocked and easily accessible location. The location must have an appropriate identifying sign. Establishes that each school must develop a policy for the use of the device, including required training in airway management for professional employees employed by the school. The policy shall be made available on the school entity's publicly accessible website. Provides that a school may seek federal funding or other sources of funding to comply with the requirements. Establishes that within 60 days of the effective date, the Department of Education (PDE) in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH) shall provide technical assistance, resources and publish information on PDE's website regarding the use of a portable airway clearance device. Defines portable airway clearance device or device and school entity. Effective immediately.
HB771 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for African-American and Latino history instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Danilo Burgos (D)
Summary: (PN 720) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for African American and Latino history instruction. Provides that the Department of Education must provide a model curriculum for African American and Latino history instruction no later than 12 months after the bill goes into effect. The bill provides that the model must be publicly accessible on the department's internet website including any resources used for the development of the model for school entities. Effective in 60 days.
HB779 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for Asian-American and Pacific Islander history instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Patty Kim (D)
Summary: (PN 728) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, provides the Department of Education shall develop a model curriculum for students in K-12 on Asian-American and Pacific Islander history. Provides a definition for school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB795 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Grant Program; establishing the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Fund; and making an appropriation.
Sponsor: Rep. Mike H. Schlossberg (D)
Summary: (PN 755) Amends the Public School Code, providing for Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Grant Program within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Provides definitions for at-risk school-age youth, commission, committee, community-based nonprofit organization, department, eligible provider, fund, library, out-of-school time programming, program, qualified 501(c)(3) organization, school entity, school-age youth, and statewide youth-serving nonprofit. Provides for the establishment of a committee for the administration and oversight of the grant program; the commission shall be comprised of state officials and mental health professionals and school officials appointed by the governor. The first meeting shall be held no later than 30 days after the effective date. Establishes the grant program to expand out-of-school time programming opportunities for school-age youth; the committee shall develop applications for the grant program, paying mind to promote diversity; outlines limitations on usage of the grant funds, and providers may use grant funds for administrative costs. A fund is established within the State Treasury for the purposes of receiving and accruing money for the grant program and use by the commission; grants shall be awarded no later than March 1, 2023, for out-of-school time programming. The committee shall ensure applicants are informed if they are awarded funds, prioritize who receives funds, serve the highest percentage of at-risk youth, reduce barriers to access, and direct the money appropriately; the committee shall provide guidance, training, and technical assistance along with the grant funds; the commission shall also conduct audits of the grant program, mainly to examine the effectiveness of the program. A registry of eligible providers administering funds from the grant program shall be provided by the commission. $50,000,000 is appropriated from the General Fund for the 2022-2023 fiscal year for the purposes of the grant program. Effective July 1, 2022, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB798 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for continuing professional development; providing for access to advanced placement courses for all students; establishing the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program; and imposing duties on the Department of Education and on school entities.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert W. Mercuri (R)
Summary: (PN 758) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for continuing professional development; providing for access to advanced placement courses for all students and establishing the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program. Adds Article XVII-E entitled "access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students" and establishes the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program to train teachers in eligible school entities to teach Advanced Placement courses in core academic areas. Provides for the requirements included within the application for an eligible school entity to receive funding from the program. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to issue a report to the General Assembly on the program. Further provides PDE shall allocate money to certified teacher training entities based on teacher attendance upon completion of the training program to the extent money is available for the program. Allows funding to be made from federal funds and annual appropriations to PDE for the purpose of the program or private sources, further providing for priorities and the training funding range. Effective immediately. (PN 758) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for continuing professional development; providing for access to advanced placement courses for all students and establishing the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program. Adds Article XVII-E entitled "access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students" and establishes the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program to train teachers in eligible school entities to teach Advanced Placement courses in core academic areas. Provides for the requirements included within the application for an eligible school entity to receive funding from the program. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to issue a report to the General Assembly on the program. Further provides PDE shall allocate money to certified teacher training entities based on teacher attendance upon completion of the training program to the extent money is available for the program. Allows funding to be made from federal funds, annual appropriations to PDE for the purpose of the program or private sources, further providing for priorities and the training funding range. Effective immediately.
HB799 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for menstrual hygiene products.
Sponsor: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D)
Summary: (PN 759) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for menstrual hygiene products. Requires schools serving students in sixth grade to 12th grade to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in each bathroom in the school building. Provides that Section 2 and Section 1426(c) shall take effect immediately with the remainder of the act taking effect in 120 days. (PN 759) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for menstrual hygiene products. Requires schools serving students in sixth grade to twelfth grade to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in each bathroom in the school building. Provides that Section 2 and Section 1426(c) shall take effect immediately with the remainder of the act taking effect in 120 days.
HB823 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for dates and times of school terms and sessions and commencement.
Sponsor: Rep. Jose Giral (D)
Summary: (PN 780) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for dates and times of school terms and sessions and commencement to specify the beginning of a school term for students shall not commence any earlier than Labor Day, unless the school district is not on a year-round calendar or if it receives approval to open for a major construction or renovation or a natural disaster. Effective in 60 days.
HB824 (T) - An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in other required equipment, further providing for general requirements for school buses.
Sponsor: Rep. Jose Giral (D)
Summary: (PN 781) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in other required equipment, further providing for general requirements for school buses to require, by July 1, 2024, every school bus to have a video monitoring system. Effective immediately.
HB827 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Delayed Payment Plan Program; establishing the Delayed Payment Plan Program Fund; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Sponsor: Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D)
Summary: (PN 789) Amends the Public School Code to provide for the Delayed Payment Plan Program (program) to allow the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to enter into an income share agreement with a student accepted for enrollment at any of the 15 Pennsylvania state community colleges or the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year. Outlines eligibility requirements for the program. Imposes powers and duties upon PHEAA. Establishes the Delayed Payment Plan Program Fund (fund) within the State Treasury from which income share agreement money shall be disbursed to program administrators through the PHEAA. Requires PHEAA to submit a report on the program's operation no later than March 1, 2025. Effective in 60 days.
HB896 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in the State Board of Education, further providing for membership.
Sponsor: Rep. Jesse Topper (R)
Summary: (PN 879) Amends the Public School Code, in the State Board of Education, increasing board membership to 25 members. Provides 12 board members shall also serve as members of the Council of Basic Education and 12 board members shall also serve as a member of the Council of Higher Education. Increases quorums to provide for increased membership. Provides at least two members serving on the Council of Basic Education shall be parents of children enrolled in a public school entity in the commonwealth, and at least one shall be a parent of a child enrolled in a charter school or cyber charter school. At least two members serving on the Council of Higher Education shall be parents of students enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the commonwealth. Effective in 60 days.
HB1046 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in educational tax credits, further providing for school participation in program.
Sponsor: Rep. Jessica Benham (D)
Summary: (PN 1060) Amends the Public School Code, in educational tax credits, further providing for school participation in program. Indicates the participating nonpublic school shall have a written policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Effective immediately.
HB1067 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, further providing for qualifications; and, in certification of teachers, further providing for State certificates.
Sponsor: Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz (D)
Summary: (PN 1086) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, providing that the U.S. citizenship requirement may be waived for teachers holding valid immigration work authorization documentation; and, in certification of teachers, providing that the U.S. citizenship requirement may be waived for teachers holding valid immigration work authorization documentation. Effective immediately.
HB1076 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for school building closure requirements.
Sponsor: Rep. Regina G. Young (D)
Summary: (PN 1103) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, to provide for school building closure requirements. Establishes that a notice of a school entity's closure of a school for any reason must be provided by the authorizing entity to the Department of Education (PDE). Directs PDE to notify the school entity and the authorizing entity if it is aware of any liabilities the school entity owes the commonwealth or any other entities, including overpayment of tuition, unpaid revolving fund loans or grants or other liabilities. Allows PDE to ask the Auditor General or city controller of a city of the first class to conduct an audit of the school entity if PDE has reason to believe the school entity received state funding for which it was not eligible. Provides the notice of a school entity shall include financial assets, liabilities and an assessment of the disposition of any restricted funds received by or due to the school entity. Provides for a dissolved foundation if a school entity is supported by the nonprofit foundation and the foundation does not have any other functions than operation of the school entity. Requires the school entity to notify parents of the planned closure, along with instructions on how to transfer students to another school district, and ensures the community and stakeholders are informed by a public announcement so that they can adequately respond to potential closure. Effective in 60 days.
HB1084 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for school access to bronchodilators.
Sponsor: Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D)
Summary: (PN 1111) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for school access to bronchodilators to allow a school entity to authorize a school nurse or a trained school employee to provide or administer a bronchodilator that meets the prescription on file for an authorized student. Confers responsibilities upon school entities relating to providing or administering a bronchodilator. Provides definitions for asthma, bronchodilator, respiratory distress, school entity and trained school employe. Effective in 60 days.
HB1094 (Chapter 24) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for military child advance enrollment.
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Munroe (D)
Summary: (PN 1306) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, to provide a school district shall develop a policy or revise existing policy on enrollment of students to allow a child whose parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the armed forces, including reserves, and has received official military orders to transfer into or within the commonwealth to enroll in the school district prior to establishing residency. A parent or legal guardian must provide the school district proof of residence in the school district no later than 45 days after the arrival date specified in the military orders. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1142) (PN 1142) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, to provide a school district shall develop a policy or revise existing policy on enrollment of students to allow a child whose parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the armed forces, including reserves, and has received official military orders to transfer into or within the commonwealth to enroll in the school district prior to establishing residency. A parent or legal guardian must provide the school district proof of residence in the school district no later than 10 days after the arrival date specified in the military orders. Effective immediately.
HB1097 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary.
Sponsor: Rep. James Haddock (D)
Summary: (PN 1288) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on the anniversary of 9/11 in each school entity. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to identify a model curriculum for instruction on the events and significance of Sept. 11, 2001, no later than 12 months after the effective date. Specifies the information required in the model curriculum. Provides PDE shall make curriculum materials and other resources available on its website. Establishes nothing in the act shall be construed to require a school entity or nonpublic school to implement, adopt or use the curriculum, materials and other resources made available by PDE. Provides a definition for school entity. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1156) (PN 1156) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on Sept. 11 anniversary in each school entity. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to establish a model curriculum for instruction on the events and significance of Sept. 11, 2001, no later than 12 months after the effective date. Specifies the information required in the model curriculum. Provides PDE shall make curriculum materials and other resources available on its website. Establishes nothing in the act shall be construed to require a school entity or nonpublic school to implement, adopt or use the curriculum, materials and other resources made available by PDE. Provides a definition for school entity. Effective immediately.
HB1110 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for exceptional children and education and training.
Sponsor: Rep. Valerie S. Gaydos (R)
Summary: (PN 1166) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for exceptional children and education and training to require, by Dec. 31, 2023, and each year thereafter, each school district to compile information listing the number of children of exceptionalities. Abrogates certain regulations. Effective immediately.
HB1198 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for attendance at intermediate units.
Sponsor: Rep. John A. Lawrence (R)
Summary: (PN 1269) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing for attendance at intermediate units to require intermediate units to establish an attendance policy designed to accurately determine attendance for a child enrolled in a school district and who receives a portion of the child's education from the intermediate unit. Policies shall address how the intermediate unit coordinates with the school district to address truant and habitually truant children and participates in the school improvement conference. Effective in 60 days.
HB1203 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for automated external defibrillator placement, inspection, maintenance and plan; in school health services, further providing for automatic external defibrillators; and, in charter schools, further providing for provisions applicable to charter schools and for applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Christina D. Sappey (D)
Summary: (PN 1273) Amends the Public School Code, in grounds and buildings, providing for automated external defibrillator placement (AED), inspection, maintenance and plan to require each K-12 school building or facility where children attend school or participate in school-sponsored activities to have at least one AED placed in a central location that is accessible for use. in school health services, further providing for automatic external defibrillators to specify references to AEDs. Inserts and amends definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1204 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for sudden cardiac arrest and electrocardiogram testing.
Sponsor: Rep. Christina D. Sappey (D)
Summary: (PN 1274) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for sudden cardiac arrest and electrocardiogram testing to require coaches of athletic activity to be yearly certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Effective in 60 days.
HB1214 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for exceptional children, education and training.
Sponsor: Rep. Tarah Probst (D)
Summary: (PN 1290) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, provides that school entities shall provide a copy of the initial evaluation to determine whether a child is a child with a disability under federal law to the parents of the child no later than sixty school days after the school entity receives parental consent for the evaluation. Provides an exemption for charter and cyber charter schools. Effective in 60 days.
HB1258 (Chapter 52) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for calculation of average daily membership for a dual credit course.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 2434) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing each high school student who is enrolled in a dual credit course through an agreement entered under the act. Requires the Department of Education to issue a data report on the provisions’ enactment to the General Assembly by September 1, 2024. The change shall take effect July 1, 2023. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1368, 1768) (PN 1768) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing each high school student who is enrolled in a dual credit course through an agreement entered into under the act. Requires the Department of Education to issue a data report on the provisions’ enactment to the General Assembly. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1368) (PN 1368) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing each high school student who is enrolled in a dual credit course through an institution of higher education and who does not leave their school entity during the school day to attend the dual credit course may be included in the school entity's average daily membership. Effective in 60 days.
HB1260 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, providing for school safety blueprint requirement.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott Conklin (D)
Summary: (PN 1370) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, establishing a school entity shall provide the Pennsylvania State Police or municipal police department that has jurisdiction over the school entity with current blueprints for each building of the school entity and provide updated blueprints as changes are made to the building layout. Effective in 60 days.
HB1262 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for supplemental mathematics program for grades kindergarten through five.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert Freeman (D)
Summary: (PN 1371) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for supplemental mathematics programs for grades kindergarten through five. Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, the Department of Education must select a mathematics program for kindergarten through fifth grade learners that demonstrate experience in teaching mathematics, functions as a flexible supplemental resource, and provides a mathematics program designed to strengthen critical skills in mathematics and includes in-class demonstrations, modeling, and coaching support to assist all students. The department will upload the mathematics program on its publicly accessible website and establish criteria for a school to measure mathematic outcomes. Effective immediately.
HB1269 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, prohibiting the integration of culturally relevant and sustaining education into education preparation, induction and continuing professional development programs; and abrogating regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 1386) Amends Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, prohibiting the integration of culturally relevant and sustaining education into education preparation, induction and continuing professional development programs. Effective immediately.
HB1286 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for shared table school nutrition initiative.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert E. Merski (D)
Summary: (PN 1404) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing for shared table school nutrition initiative. Provides guidelines for districts implementing the Shared Table School Nutrition Initiative. Provides districts should work alongside the State Board of Education to implement consistent rules and regulations. Effective in 60 days.
HB1293 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, further providing for policy relating to bullying.
Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer O'Mara (D)
Summary: (PN 1410) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, further providing for policy relating to bullying. Requires policies to include mechanisms to notify parents and legal guardians of schoolchildren involved in a bullying incident. Effective in 60 days.
HB1309 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Pennsylvania student journalism protection; and abrogating regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Melissa L. Shusterman (D)
Summary: (PN 1435) Amends the Public School Code, providing for Pennsylvania student journalism protection; and abrogating all regulations and parts of regulations insofar as they are inconsistent with the addition of this article of the act. Establishes an article relating to the provision of free speech rights for student journalists in school media. Provides definitions. Provides for policies in free speech rights for student journalists, as well as unauthorized expression and prior restraint prohibited. Establishes limitations on school officials and school entities. Provides for school-sponsored media programs. Provides protections for student-media advisors. Effective in 60 days.
HB1310 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, providing for educator data collection and reporting; and making an editorial change.
Sponsor: Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson (D)
Summary: (PN 1436) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, providing for educator data collection and reporting; and making an editorial change. Requires school entities to annually submit data regarding the number of vacant positions and the number of teachers on emergency permits. Requires the department to consult with the Committee on Education Talent Recruitment and educational researchers in the development of public dashboards related to the educator workforce. Provides a timeline for providing the committee and designated researchers with a comprehensive list of data elements related to the educator workforce. Provides a timeline for the department to determine appropriate evidence-based indicators to be included in the dashboards. Provides a timeline for the publication of a public dashboard with educator workforce data on an educator workforce page or index of the department’s Internet website. Requires the department to continue to consult with the committee and educational researchers no less than every six months for dashboard updates, to be provided no less than once per year. Lists the data to be displayed on the dashboards. Allows the department to contract with an outside organization with expertise in data analytics and visualization for the administration of the dashboards. Allows the department to provide financial assistance to school entities to promote compliance. Requires the department to issue a report on the commonwealth’s educator workforce within six months of the effective date and annually thereafter. Lists the data to be included on the report. Provides definitions. Effective immediately.
HB1312 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, providing for free application for Federal student aid and graduation requirements.
Sponsor: Rep. Melissa Cerrato (D)
Summary: (PN 1438) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, providing for free application for Federal student aid and graduation requirements. Provides what a student must do beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, in addition to any other graduation requirement provided by law or regulation, as a prerequisite to a student receiving a high school diploma from a public high school, the parent or guardian of the student or if the student is at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated. Effective immediately.
HB1331 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for public job posting database, for instructional vacancy data and for data transparency; and establishing the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D)
Summary: (PN 1467) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, to direct the Department of Education (PDE) to establish and provide for a public job posting database. Provides definitions for the act. Provides for PDE-required instructional vacancy data. Outlines data transparency, directing PDE to post on its website data related to the educator workforce. Further provides for data transparency. Establishes the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program (program) within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (agency) and specifies the duties of the agency. Provides for application form, a $10,000 minimum grant amount a student teacher shall receive, and additional grant amounts for certain industries. Specifies the agency shall administer the program and may accept funding from public and private sources, including the federal government, for payment of grants. Provides for additional duties of the agency. Details the dissemination of information. Directs the agency to establish a method for paying grant awards under the program to a school entity or nonpublic school. Provides for administrative fee. Specifies eligibility criteria. Provides for construction and limitations in eligibility. Provides the agency shall prepare and submit a report on the program to the governor, Secretary of Education and General Assembly no later than Dec. 31, 2024, and each Dec. 31 thereafter. Further provides for the coordination of the report. Provides for data collection, including student teaching placement data. Provides for miscellaneous provisions, including institutions of higher education and credit. Effective immediately.
HB1337 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services.
Sponsor: Rep. Kyle Donahue (D)
Summary: (PN 1483) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services to provide for dental hygiene screening for all school age children in the state. Provides that a school district or joint school board may use a public health dental hygiene practitioner to satisfy the requirements of the act. Provides a definition for public health dental hygiene practitioner. Effective in 60 days.
HB1350 (T) - An Act establishing the Behavioral Welfare Educational Loan Lenience Program; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Sponsor: Rep. Kristine C. Howard (D)
Summary: (PN 1492) The Behavioral Welfare Educational Loan Lenience Program (BWELL) Act imposes duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Specifies definitions. Establishes the program within the agency and provides for qualifications, program components and limitations. Provides for tuition payment awards, tax applicability and student financial aid. Details requirements, contents and submittal for annual report. Provides for funding by the General Assembly. Establishes responsibility of the agency. Effective in 60 days.
HB1367 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for mental health awareness for student athletes, parents, guardians and coaches.
Sponsor: Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D)
Summary: (PN 1521) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing for mental health awareness for student athletes, parents, guardians and coaches. Requires the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Education (DOE) to develop materials to inform and educate students about athletic activity about the nature and warning signs of mental health distress, mental health illness and related issues. Effective in 60 days.
HB1370 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program to distribute grants to in-need schools and underrepresented schools; providing for duties of Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert W. Mercuri (R)
Summary: (PN 1524) Amends the Public School Code, establishing the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program to distribute grants to in-need schools and underrepresented schools; providing for duties of Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program Fund. Establishes the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program, with definitions and provisions for the use of grants by in-need or underrepresented schools. Requires the department to establish eligibility criteria, written guidelines and an application process. Requires the department to review similar initiatives to produce a set of publicly available best practices and standards. Requires the department to ensure grant recipients comply with the best practices and standards. Provides for grant application requirements. Provides for technical assistance and review by the department, the latter to be conducted no later than 90 days following the receipt of an application with notice of determination provided to an applicant no later than 30 days following the department’s decision. Provides requirements for a grant recipient to document information regarding the use of a grant under the program to evaluate the success of the program. Requires a grant recipient to submit a report for each year he receives funding under the program. Requires the department to annually compile information regarding the number of applications received and the number and amount of grants awarded and provide the information on its publicly accessible Internet website and to the leaders of both the House and the Senate. Provides an application process, eligibility requirements and review standards for grant renewal, with restrictions. Establishes the Pennsylvania Opportunity Pathways Program Fund within the State Treasury with $500,000 transferred on an annual basis for program implementation. Provides limitations and requires the department to develop an outreach plan to inform in-need and underrepresented schools about the program. Allocates $5,000 of the $500,000 transfer towards the outreach plan’s implementation. Effective in 60 days.
HB1372 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for proposed curriculum changes and online curriculum availability.
Sponsor: Rep. Kristin Marcell (R)
Summary: (PN 1276) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for proposed curriculum changes and online curriculum availability. Provides guidelines for introducing proposed curriculum changes. Provides for a start time of the 2025-26 school year and each year thereafter. Requires a chief school administrator or a designee to implement the requirements under subsection b. Provides definitions for chief school administrator, primary resource and school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB1374 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for books and other educational resource materials.
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher M. Rabb (D)
Summary: (PN 1528) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for books and other educational resource materials. Provides definitions for board, committee, department, institution of higher education, printed or audiovisual material, professor, protected characteristic, protected class, public school entity and qualified moderator. Provides authorization for the school board, by a majority vote and in compliance with sub-article requirements, to ban or restrict access to a book or other education resource material from a school library or require the inclusion or acquisition of said material. Requires a school board to establish an educational resource material review committee to engage in action under section 1562. Provides the committee should advise the school board in instituting policies in accordance with this sub-article and inform school communities about the materials being discussed. Requires the committee to include principals, directors of curricula, librarians and the superintendent or designee of the superintendent. Provides the committee can include other stakeholders like officers of school-recognized student groups. Requires the members of the committee to participate in general training developed in conjunction with certain organizations, offices and unions. Provides the committee must hold an initial meeting, but no more than two, to elect a chairperson and two co-chairpersons before any public hearings. Provides the meetings before a public hearing do not need to be open to the public. Introduces a form to be used for a board member to fill out if they seek to ban, restrict access to or require the inclusion or acquisition of a book or educational resource material. Provides the form should be posted on the department’s website. Provides for the contents of the form. Provides duties for the committee to perform regarding the form. Requires the completed form be accessible for inspection and duplication in accordance with the Right-to-Know Law. Requires the board member who filled out the form to sign a notarized attestation form and attach a receipt of where the material is located within the district. Provides the notarized attestation form will confirm the member has read the material in its entirety within the current calendar year. Requires the members of the committee to participate in specific training by a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education professor or a designee who has taught or written about the material in question. Provides the committee will provide a report containing the discussion of material brought to their attention. Establishes requirements for the details of the report and how it should be posted. Provides guidelines for when a public hearing should be held, who the moderator is and the presentation of the report. Provides specific duties of the proponent who brought the material forward including reading aloud excerpts and related information. Provides for a public response at the hearing. Establishes voting guidelines on the material at the public hearing. Requires a two-thirds majority vote for the ban, restriction, inclusion or acquisition. Provides constructive language pertaining to motions regarding the outcome of the vote. Provides the board may not remove or restrict access to any material due to the presence of characters, literary elements, themes, symbols or other literary content relating to protected classes or protected characteristics. Provides for the board’s review of standards and procedures relating to the removal or restriction of access to materials also including those involving sexual content or nudity, consistently free from viewpoint discrimination. Effective in 60 days.
HB1395 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for program of continuing professional and paraprofessional education.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert E. Merski (D)
Summary: (PN 1557) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for program of continuing professional and paraprofessional education to indicate professional educators not employed as a professional or temporary employee shall have a new five-year compliance period to complete the hours required to obtain inactive certification. Effective in 60 days.
HB1396 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for program of continuing professional and paraprofessional education.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert E. Merski (D)
Summary: (PN 1558) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for program of continuing professional and paraprofessional education to indicate that beginning July 8, 2023, or the effective date, whichever is later, each professional educator's current continuing professional education compliance period shall be extended by one year. Amendments shall expire one year from the effective date. Effective immediately.
HB1408 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, further providing for limitation on new applications for Department of Education approval of public school building projects; and, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for definitions, for school construction and renovation approval process, for high-performance building standards, for maintenance program, for building condition assessments, for project reimbursement and for applicability.
Sponsor: Rep. Peter Schweyer (D)
Summary: (PN 1605) Amends the Public School Code, removing limitations on new applications for Department of Education (PDE) approval of public school building projects. Provides definitions for the act. Incorporates PlanCon into the school construction and renovation approval process. Establishes the Public School Facility Improvement Grants Program within the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support school entity improvement projects. Requires accessibility projects in improvement projects and further provides for the application process and grant awards. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB1414 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for use of geolocation system for attendance in cyber school program.
Sponsor: Rep. Alec J. Ryncavage (R)
Summary: (PN 1582) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing for use of geolocation system for attendance in cyber school program to confirm attendance of its students, provides for a cyber school to establish a procedure for a parent or legal guardian of a student to request and obtain a temporary exception for the student from the geolocation system for a reasonable period of time, so long as the parent or legal guardian maintains residency within the school district. Effective in 60 days.
HB1422 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for advertising and sponsorships; in charter schools, further providing for definitions and for funding for charter schools, providing for funding for cyber charter schools, for cyber charter school requirements, for powers and composition of board of trustees and for educational management service providers, further providing for powers and duties of department and for assessment and evaluation, providing for annual reports and public reporting and for fund balance limits, further providing for cyber charter school requirements and prohibitions and for school district and intermediate unit responsibilities, providing for access to other schools' facilities, further providing for establishment of cyber charter school, providing for renewals, for charter amendments and for causes for nonrenewal, revocation or termination, further providing for State Charter School Appeal Board review, for cyber charter school application and for enrollment and notification, providing for enrollment parameters and for enrollee wellness checks and further providing for applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 1828) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for definitions and for funding for charter schools, providing for funding for cyber charter schools, for cyber charter school requirements, for powers and composition of board of trustees. Provides for advertising and sponsorships and specifies the term "public event" shall not include school-sponsored activities as defined in section 1318.1(J). Adds that a cyber charter school shall provide a minimum of 180 days of instruction or 900 hours per year of instruction at the elementary level or 990 hours per year of instruction at the secondary level in cyber charter school requirements section 1740-A. Provides for educational management service providers. Specifies powers and duties of the department, adding language further providing for an enrollment form. Provides for assessment and evaluation. Provides for annual reports and public reporting, further specifying that each cyber charter school shall submit an annual report no later than Aug.1 of each year to the department and local boards of school directors that have a student enrolled in the cyber charter school in the form prescribed by the department and details what shall apply to the report. Provides for fund balance limits, establishing cyber charter school total budget expenditures limits and estimated ending unassigned fund balance as percentage of total budgeted expenditures limits. Details cyber charter school requirements and prohibitions. Establishes school district and intermediate unit responsibilities, adding language to provide that an intermediate unit in which a student enrolled in a cyber charter school resides may not refuse to provide any service to a cyber charter school that requests services for a student. Provides for access to other schools' facilities. Details the establishment of cyber charter schools, stating attendance at a cyber charter school shall satisfy requirements for compulsory attendance and providing for a form developed by the department for a cyber school to report attendance on a weekly basis for the preceding week to the school district of residence. Specifies renewals and charter amendments. Further provides for causes for nonrenewal and revocation or termination to detail failure to meet standards and requirements. Provides for State Charter School Appeal Board review, detailing cyber charter school application and enrollment and notification. Provides for enrollment parameters and for enrollee wellness checks, adding language to provide for disability evaluation. Removes provisions relating to limitation. Establishes applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1704, 1820) (PN 1820) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for definitions and for funding for charter schools, providing for funding for cyber charter schools, for cyber charter school requirements, for powers and composition of board of trustees. Provides for advertising and sponsorships and specifies the term "public event" shall not include school-sponsored activities as defined in section 1318.1(J). Adds that a cyber charter school shall provide a minimum of 180 days of instruction or 900 hours per year of instruction at the elementary level or 990 hours per year of instruction at the secondary level in cyber charter school requirements section 1740-A. Provides for educational management service providers. Specifies powers and duties of the department, adding language further providing for an enrollment form. Provides for assessment and evaluation. Provides for annual reports and public reporting, further specifying that each cyber charter school shall submit an annual report no later than Aug.1 of each year to the department and local boards of school directors that have a student enrolled in the cyber charter school in the form prescribed by the department and details what shall apply to the report. Provides for fund balance limits, establishing cyber charter school total budget expenditures limits and estimated ending unassigned fund balance as percentage of total budgeted expenditures limits. Details cyber charter school requirements and prohibitions. Establishes school district and intermediate unit responsibilities, adding language to provide that an intermediate unit in which a student enrolled in a cyber charter school resides may not refuse to provide any service to a cyber charter school that requests services for a student. Provides for access to other schools' facilities. Details the establishment of cyber charter schools, stating attendance at a cyber charter school shall satisfy requirements for compulsory attendance and providing for a form developed by the department for a cyber school to report attendance on a weekly basis for the preceding week to the school district of residence. Specifies renewals and charter amendments. Further provides for causes for nonrenewal and revocation or termination to detail failure to meet standards and requirements. Provides for State Charter School Appeal Board review, detailing cyber charter school application and enrollment and notification. Provides for enrollment parameters and for enrollee wellness checks, adding language to provide for disability evaluation and limitation. Establishes applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer's Number(s): 1704) (PN 1704) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for definitions and for funding for charter schools, providing for funding for cyber charter schools, for cyber charter school requirements, for powers and composition of board of trustees. Provides for advertising and sponsorships in the preliminary provisions. Provides for educational management service providers. Specifies powers and duties of the department. Provides for assessment and evaluation, annual reports and public reporting, as well as for fund balance limits. Details cyber charter school requirements and prohibitions. Establishes school district and intermediate unit responsibilities. Provides for access to other schools' facilities and the establishment of cyber charter schools. Specifies renewals, charter amendments, causes for nonrenewal and revocation or termination. Provides for State Charter School Appeal Board review, detailing cyber charter school application and enrollment and notification. Provides for enrollment parameters and for enrollee wellness checks. Establishes applicability of other provisions of this act and of other acts and regulations. Effective immediately.
HB1432 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the Lifeline Scholarship Program and the Lifeline Scholarship Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Clint Owlett (R)
Summary: (PN 1611) Amends the Public School Code to establish the Lifeline Scholarship Program (program) within the State Treasury to provide scholarships to help eligible students pay tuition, school-related fees and special education services fees for attending a participating nonpublic school and informs parents about program eligibility. Requires the State Treasury to develop a program application form by July 15, 2023. Upon application approval, the State Treasury shall enter into an agreement with the applicant. Imposes duties upon the State Treasury. Requires nonpublic schools that desire to participate in the program to notify the State Treasury. Allows the State Treasury to bar nonpublic schools that are ineligible from the program and confers duties on resident school districts. Provides details on the specifics of the agreement. For agreements that have been entered, the State Treasury shall establish a lifeline scholarship account for the scholarship recipient. Requires the State Treasury to submit a report on the program to the General Assembly by January 31, 2025, and each subsequent January 31. Effective immediately.
HB1434 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Dual Credit Innovation and Equity Grant Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Mary Isaacson (D)
Summary: (PN 1613) Amends the Public School Code to provide for the Dual Credit Innovation and Equity Grant Program (program). Inserts definitions for the act. Establishes the program within the Department of Education (PDE) to award grants to public institutions of higher education that offer dual credit opportunities to high school students enrolled in a school entity. For the purposes of improving data collection and transparency, PDE shall annually collect student-level data from grant recipients and post aggregate, de-identified information on its website. Effective in 60 days.
HB1448 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for conflict resolution instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Anthony A. Bellmon (D)
Summary: (PN 1826) Amends the Public School Code to provide for conflict resolution instruction. Provides that beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, each school entity shall provide instruction on conflict resolution to all students. Outlines the information that shall be included in the instruction. Within six months of the act's effective date, the Department of Education (PDE) shall compile a list of appropriate curriculum and materials that school entities may utilize to comply with the act. Inserts definitions for conflict resolution, department and school entity. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer's Number(s): 1632) (PN 1632) Amends the Public School Code to provide for conflict resolution instruction. Provides that beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, each school entity shall provide instruction on conflict resolution to all students. Outlines the information that shall be included in the instruction. Within six months of the act's effective date, the Department of Education (PDE) shall compile a list of appropriate curriculum and materials that school entities may utilize to comply with the act. Inserts definitions for department and school entity. Effective immediately.
HB1478 (Chapter 55) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services.
Sponsor: Rep. Morgan Cephas (D)
Summary: (PN 2175) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services. Changes language to provide for dental screening, replacing the word examination, adds language to provide for a public health dental hygiene practitioner and inserts language stating "notwithstanding any other provision of law." Provides that a school district or joint school board that has not instituted a program of dental hygiene services may use a public health dental hygiene practitioner to satisfy the requirements. Specifies the term "public health dental hygiene practitioner" shall have the same meaning given to that term in the Dental Law. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1664) (PN 1664) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for dental examinations and dental hygiene services. Changes language to provide for dental screening, replacing the word examination, and adds language to provide for a public health dental hygiene practitioner. Provides that a school district or joint school board that has not instituted a program of dental hygiene services may use a public health dental hygiene practitioner to satisfy the requirements. Specifies the term "public health dental hygiene practitioner" shall have the same meaning given to that term in the Dental Law. Effective in 60 days.
HB1494 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, providing for funding for cyber charter schools; and imposing penalties.
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Friel (D)
Summary: (PN 1700) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing for cyber charter schools to be prohibited from charging students for tuition. Provides that beginning in the 2023-2024 school year and continuing each year after, instead receiving $8,000 from the student's school district of residence for each non-special education student and an additional rate for each special education student, to be known as the statewide cyber charter school tuition rate. Provides for cyber charter schools to receive the assistance of the intermediate unit in which it is located to provide services for exceptional students at a rate no higher than it charges constituent school districts. Provides for students attending cyber charter schools to be included in the average daily membership of the student's school district. Provides for the imposition of penalties on districts who fail to provide required funding to cyber charter schools. Provides for the imposition of penalties on cyber charter schools who intentionally falsify a report. Effective in 60 days.
HB1495 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Friel (D)
Summary: (PN 1701) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, providing for charter schools to receive an additional rate of funding for each special education student, determined by dividing the school district of residents' total special education expenditure by the total number of special education students who reside in the district, which shall be paid by the school district of residence of each student. Effective in 60 days.
HB1506 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for prohibited review of curriculum, instructional materials and voluntary inquiry material in public school entities.
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Friel (D)
Summary: (PN 1722) Amends Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for prohibited review of curriculum, instructional materials and voluntary inquiry material in public school entities. Adds further definitions. Establishes prohibited censorship and outlines the prohibited reasons for the removal of voluntary inquiry materials of sound factual authority. Provides for soft censorship prohibition and adds that each public school entity and the department must make a censorship form available on their websites for people to report the removal or materials without abiding by the formal process and that the Secretary of education needs to investigate reports of soft censorship. Provides for curriculum review by parents and students and establishes reporting requirements by the schools to the parents and students about the curriculum. Provides for qualifying complaints on instructional materials and for written request forms. Provides for the instructional experts employed by the school entity's power to purchase, select and weed out voluntary inquiry materials. Provides for qualifying complaints on voluntary inquiry materials. Requires the establishment of an educational resource material review committee in each intermediate unit and outlines the membership guidelines. Provides the guidelines for the process when a qualifying complaint cannot be resolved informally without removing the voluntary inquiry material. Effective in 60 days.
HB1507 (Chapter 56) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for minimum number of days or hours.
Sponsor: Rep. Jesse Topper (R)
Summary: (PN 1723) Amends Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, providing for minimum number of days or hours. Adds a minimum of 180 days of instruction or 900 hours of instruction at the elementary level or at the secondary level. Adds further definitions. Effective immediately.
HB1513 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in educational tax credits, further providing for definitions, for qualification and application by organizations, for limitations and for opportunity scholarships and providing for economically disadvantaged school scholarships.
Sponsor: Rep. Martina A. White (R)
Summary: (PN 1729) Amends Public School Code, in educational tax credits, further providing for definitions, for qualification and application by organizations, for limitations and for opportunity scholarships and providing for economically disadvantaged. Establishes scholarship requirements of at least $500 for kindergartens and at least $1,000 for secondary schools under the definition of "economically disadvantaged school." Changes the deadlines for scholarship distribution from February 1 to December 15 and the deadlines for the reports from November 1 to January 15. Removes the reporting requirements for scholarship awards by family household and the school the student attended. Adds that scholarship organizations for economically disadvantaged schools should contribute at least 99 percent of its annual receipts for economically disadvantaged schools for scholarships. Changes the limitations on the total aggregate amount of all tac credits from $340 million to $465 million and adds that $358 million instead of $263 million be used to provide tax credits for contributions from business firms. Increased the total aggregate amount to be used to provide tax credits for contributions from business firms to increase scholarships for pre-kindergarten to $52 million. Increased the total aggregate amount limit of all tax credits approved for contributions to $80 million. Repeals Section 2009-B subsection (f) related to designation, reports and notices. Establishes reporting requirements for economically disadvantaged school scholarships. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB1519 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for excuses from attending school.
Sponsor: Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson (D)
Summary: (PN 1734) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for excuses from attending school. Establishes that a school district shall excuse a student from school attendance for mental health days, allotting three school days each school year. Defines "mental health day" as a day to allow a student to attain care, rest or treatment to address attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, learning and developmental disabilities, autism, substance-use disorder, self-harm or any other conditions or behaviors as recognized by a physician or mental health professional. Effective in 60 days.
HB1526 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in intermediate units, further providing for powers and duties of the intermediate unit board of directors and for capital subsidy.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Ciresi (D)
Summary: (PN 1749) Amends the Public School Code, in intermediate units, further providing for powers and duties of the intermediate unit board of directors and for capital subsidy. Establishes that an intermediate unit board of directors shall have the power and its duty shall be to acquire land and buildings by purchase, lease or gift and to own office space and warehouse facilities. Provides that all lease agreements, security agreements, loan agreements, mortgages or any other contracts, instruments or agreements for office space, classrooms, warehouse space and other facilities shall be pre-approved by the secretary of education. Effective immediately. Bills I was asked to pair but are also missing summaries:
HB1530 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in intermediate units, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and providing for school social workers; and, in school health services, further providing for health services and providing for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses.
Sponsor: Rep. Manuel Guzman (D)
Summary: (PN 1761) Amends the Public School Code, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and providing for school social workers; and, in school health services. Repeals Section 923.1-A related to Psychological Services and Legislative finding. Provides for school social workers and requires them to hold an educational specialist certificate for school social workers issued by the Department of Education. Provides for exceptions. Requires the Department of Education to develop an educational specialist certificate for school social workers no later than 60 days after the effective date. Adds further definitions. Adds that the comprehensive health record of a transfer student is to be surrendered by the old school to the new school entity. Adds that a school entity may not destroy a student's comprehensive health record for at least two years after the student is no longer enrolled in the school entity. Establishes that every student of school age is to be provided with school counseling, psychological, social work and school nursing services by an individual employed by the school entity and outlines the ratio for each type of service. Adds reporting requirements and allows school counselors, psychologists and social workers to work with other school employees. Makes editorial changes. Effective in 60 days.
HB1542 (T) - An Act establishing the Electric School Bus Grant Program and the Electric School Bus Grant Program Fund; providing for duties of the Department of Education; and making an appropriation.
Sponsor: Rep. Brandon J. Markosek (D)
Summary: (PN 2415) The Electric School Bus Grant Program Act establishes the Electric School Bus Grant Program (program) within the Department of Education (PDE) to award grants to a school entity or contracted nonprofit organization or private entity to finance procurement, maintenance and administrative costs related to electric school buses. Amends the definition for “school entity.” PDE shall administer the program. Outlines criteria for being awarded a grant, with an emphasis on schools with students that receive reduced-price or free lunches and combustion engine school buses. Establishes the Electric School Bus Grant Program Fund (fund) within the State Treasury for the carry-out of the act. Confers certain powers and duties upon PDE. Makes an appropriation. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1794) (PN 1794) The Electric School Bus Grant Program Act establishes the Electric School Bus Grant Program (program) within the Department of Education (PDE) to award grants to a school entity or contracted nonprofit organization or private entity to finance procurement, maintenance and administrative costs related to electric school buses. PDE shall administer the program. Outlines criteria for being awarded a grant, with an emphasis on schools with students that receive reduced-price or free lunches and combustion engine school buses. Establishes the Electric School Bus Grant Program Fund (fund) within the State Treasury for the carry-out of the act. Confers certain powers and duties upon PDE. Makes an appropriation. Effective in 60 days.
HB1545 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Digital Mental Health Services Pilot Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Hogan (R)
Summary: (PN 1797) Amends the Public School Code to provide for the Digital Mental Health Services Pilot Program (program). Provides definitions for department, digital platform, mental health services, program and school entity. Establishes the program within the Department of Education (PDE) to develop and administer a pilot program to assist school entities with access to mental health services for students through an evidence-based digital platform. PDE shall develop a procedure for approving evidence-based digital mental health services platforms for use by school entities that meet minimum qualifications. The program shall operate for three full years and may select up to 50 school entities for participation. Requires school entities to submit a report on the program's operation to the General Assembly. Effective immediately.
HB1554 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for attendance policy at charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Carol Kazeem (D)
Summary: (PN 1810) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for attendance policy at charter, regional charter and cyber charter schools. Establishes reporting requirements for the board of trustees of a charter, regional charter or cyber charter school for the number of students who returned to the school district of residence or were otherwise removed from the school. Effective in 60 days.
HB1587 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, providing for transition coordinators in senior high schools.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 1587) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, providing for transition coordinators in senior high schools. Details that each school district shall hire at least one full-time dedicated and highly qualified or credentialed transition coordinator for each senior high school of the school district, indicating that the Department of Education (PDE) may require a school district to hire additional coordinators depending on the population of the senior high school. Provides for the duties a full-time transition coordinator shall perform. Establishes that PDE shall ensure compliance with the changes. Defines the term "transition coordinator". Effective in 60 days.
HB1603 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for enrollment.
Sponsor: Rep. Carol Kazeem (D)
Summary: (PN 1884) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, further providing for enrollment. Specifies the enrollment of students in a charter school or regional charter school shall be subject to a cap on students who reside in the district in which the charter school is chartered. Effective in 60 days.
HB1604 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for recess and lunch periods.
Sponsor: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D)
Summary: (PN 1885) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for recess and lunch periods. School entities shall provide each student with at least 30 minutes of recess during each school day in full-day kindergarten through grade five. Further specifies recess for half-day kindergarten and kindergarten through grade twelve. Inserts definitions for kindergarten, recess and school entity. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
HB1616 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for possession of weapons prohibited; and, in safe schools, further providing for sworn statement and for transfer of records.
Sponsor: Rep. John A. Lawrence (R)
Summary: (PN 1900) Amends Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for possession of weapons prohibited. And, in safe schools, further providing for sworn statement to add language inserting "withdrew in lieu of suspension or expulsion" and "withdrawal." Further provides for transfer of records to specify language shall include pending or concluded disciplinary investigations on the transferring student. Establishes that a school district receiving a student who transfers from a public or private school after withdrawing from the sending public or private school in lieu of expulsion for an act or offense involving a weapon may assign the student to an alternative assignment or provide alternative education service for a period determined by the receiving school district. Effective in 60 days.
HB1637 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, providing for temporary certification for associate substitute teachers.
Sponsor: Rep. Jamie L. Flick (R)
Summary: (PN 1921) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, to provide for temporary certification for associate substitute teachers. A temporary associate substitute teacher certificate may be issued by a public school entity to an individual who meets certain requirements. Certificates shall only be used for day-to-day assignments and shall expire upon the termination of a summer school session following the date of issuance. Effective in 60 days.
HB1653 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for continuing professional development; providing for access to advanced placement courses for all students; establishing the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program; and imposing duties on the Department of Education and on school entities.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 1951) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, to establish the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Program (program) within the Department of Education (PDE) to provide access to advanced placement courses in the four core academic areas and computer science for students by eligible teachers at all high schools that do not currently offer the courses; and to train teachers to teach advanced placement courses in the subjects. Further provides for continuing professional development include access to the advanced placement courses for all students program. Lists the information that must be included on the school entity's application seeking funding for the program. Provides access to advanced placement courses for all students. The program shall be funded from available federal funds and annual appropriations made by the General Assembly to PDE. Effective immediately.
HB1654 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, further providing for kindergartens; in pupils and attendance, further providing for age limits and temporary residence, for definitions and for when provided; and providing for full-day kindergarten.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D)
Summary: (PN 1952) Amends the Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, to authorize the Department of Education (PDE) to develop a state plan for the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten for eligible students in each school district. Changes shall apply beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Inserts definitions for use in the act. Imposes powers and duties on PDE. Establishes the Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Advisory Committee (committee) for the purpose of assisting and advising PDE in the development and implementation of a state plan for full-day kindergarten by the 2024-2025 school year. School districts shall provide kindergarten facilities free of charge to eligible students by operating the facilities alone or jointly with other districts in the same intermediate unit or by contracting with a provider approved by the State Board of Education (board). Allows funds to be utilized for ongoing professional development activities for kindergarten teachers. Effective immediately.
HB1659 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for parental control relating to instructional materials and books containing sexually explicit content.
Sponsor: Rep. Russ Diamond (R)
Summary: (PN 1958) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for parental control relating to instructional materials and books containing sexually explicit content. Establishes that a governing body of a school entity shall develop a public policy that provides parental control of instructional materials and books containing sexually explicit content. Details what the information, guidance, procedures, and standards shall relate to. Provides that the governing body of a school entity shall seek input at a public forum to ensure that policies are consistent with this section and adopted no later than Aug. 30, 2023, prior to adopting the policies required under this section. Specifies that nothing in this section shall be construed to: prohibit a school entity from implementing additional transparency measures for sexually explicit content, prohibit a school entity from determining that sexually explicit content is not appropriate for minors or students of certain ages within the school entity, and permit the distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors that are prohibited by other law. Defines school entity, sexual conduct, and sexually explicit content. Effective in 60 days.
HB1665 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for comprehensive school counseling services.
Sponsor: Rep. Mandy Steele (D)
Summary: (PN 1969) Amends the Public School Code, providing for comprehensive school counseling services. Specifies definitions. Details a comprehensive school counseling plan, providing for the authorization and purpose, general requirements, components of the plan and contents of the plan. Provides for school counselor use of time, including a general requirement, direct and indirect services and administrative activities. Asserts that each school entity shall be responsible for posting its plan on its publicly accessible website or the publicly accessible website of the school entity's school district under the category of state-required information. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to monitor each school entity to ensure implementation and compliance with this article beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Further provides for departmental duties. Effective immediately.
HB1680 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for deaf and hard of hearing education.
Sponsor: Rep. Christina D. Sappey (D)
Summary: (PN 1982) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, to provide for deaf and hard of hearing education. Provides the Department of Education (PDE) shall identify or develop a model curriculum and guidelines for instruction on deaf and hard of hearing education for public school students. Outlines requirements for the guidelines and how the schools shall carry out their programs. Provides definitions for department and school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB1685 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for automated external defibrillators and providing for sudden cardiac event emergency action plan for athletic activities.
Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Brennan (D)
Summary: (PN 1993) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for automated external defibrillators and providing for sudden cardiac event emergency action plan for athletic activities. Requires automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which may be property of the school or emergency medical personnel, to be made available at all interscholastic athletic events. Requires training for school personnel if the AED is property of the school and allows school entities to acquire an AED by donation, fundraising or other means. Requires each school entity to develop a Sudden Cardiac Event Emergency Action Plan for Athletic Activities and establishes what the plan shall include. Provides definitions relating to the AED requirements. Effective in 60 days.
HB1686 (T) - An Act requiring disclosure of mandatory fees by institutions of higher education.
Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer O'Mara (D)
Summary: (PN 2416) The Know What You Pay For - The Student Fee Transparency Act requires disclosure of mandatory fees by institutions of higher education. Provides definitions for use in the act. Requires institutions of higher education to display descriptions of all mandatory fees on their publicly accessible websites and online student portals before the term for which the fee will be charged. Provides a list of necessary information to accompany the list of mandatory fees. Requires each institution of higher education to report to the Department of Education (PDE) on the institution of higher education collection of mandatory fees during the prior academic year, beginning Nov. 15, 2023, and by Nov. 15 of each year thereafter. Includes additional types of schools for eligibility. Requires each institution of higher education to report to PDE the measures taken to display the information required by the act beginning June 30, 2025, and by June 30 of each year thereafter. Effective July 1, 2024, or immediately, whichever is later. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1994) (PN 1994) The Know What You Pay For - The Student Fee Transparency Act requires disclosure of mandatory fees by institutions of higher education. Provides definitions for use in the act. Requires institutions of higher education to display descriptions of all mandatory fees on their publicly accessible websites and online student portals before the term for which the fee will be charged. Provides a list of necessary information to accompany the list of mandatory fees. Requires each institution of higher education to report to the Department of Education (PDE) on the institution of higher education collection of mandatory fees during the prior academic year, beginning Nov. 15, 2023, and by Nov. 15 of each year thereafter. Requires each institution of higher education to report to PDE the measures taken to display the information required by the act beginning June 30, 2023, and by June 30 of each year thereafter. Effective immediately.
HB1720 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, further providing for assessment of civic knowledge.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan E. Mackenzie (R)
Summary: (PN 2043) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, further providing for assessment of civic knowledge. Provides that a student must receive a score of at least 60 percent as a condition of high school graduation. A student may take the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Test as many times as necessary to achieve a score of at least 60 percent. Specifies provisions shall apply to the 2023-2024 school year. Effective immediately.
HB1724 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for child abuse recognition and reporting training; and, in terms and courses of study, providing for child abuse awareness and prevention.
Sponsor: Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D)
Summary: (PN 2055) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for child abuse recognition and reporting training; and, in terms and courses of study, providing for child abuse awareness and prevention. Provides that beginning in 2023-2024 school year, each school entity shall develop an age-appropriate child abuse awareness and prevention education program and incorporate the program into the entity's curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Outlines subjects for inclusion in the program. Provides definitions for the act. Effective in 60 days.
HB1727 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, providing for parental notification and permission for participation in clubs and organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephenie Scialabba (R)
Summary: (PN 2058) Amends Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, providing for parental notification and permission for participation in clubs and organizations. Requires school boards to provide measures within the student code of conduct to detail school clubs and organizations. Requires the written permission of a parent for a student to participate in a club or organization. Provides for a permission slip to contain the purpose of a club, the name of the faculty advisory, a description of past or planned meetings and activities, a statement allowing a parent to attend a meeting or activity and a statement allowing a parent the private right of action against a school board for wrongful exclusion. Prohibits students from participating in clubs or organizations without specific written consent from a parent. Allows for parents to withdraw permission in writing at any time. Provides for clubs and organizations created after the start of the school year to be subject to the same rules and regulations. Provides for definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1743 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school directors, further providing for school director training programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Maureen E. Madden (D)
Summary: (PN 2112) Amends the Public-School Code, in school directors, further providing for school director training programs. Removes language providing for training made available by the Department of Education (PDE) and approved alternative training programs from PDE. Provides that PDE shall have a contract with a statewide education organization that represents school directors. Details the duties of PDE and the statewide education organizations when assigning or recommending training programs to schools. Provides that nothing in the subsection should be misinterpreted to prohibit a statewide education organization from offering different training programs or learning activities in addition to training programs required at an additional cost to a school district or director. Effective in 60 days.
HB1778 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, further providing for definitions and for policy relating to bullying and providing for parental responsibility in bullying.
Sponsor: Rep. Frank Burns (D)
Summary: (PN 2182) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, to insert definitions for "bullying" and "school setting." Provides for policy relating to bullying and provides for parental responsibility in bullying. Provides for parental responsibility in bullying, and outlines procedures for reporting and receiving a report of bullying. Includes cyber harassment within the procedures to address bullying. Inserts definition for "cyber harassment." Effective in 60 days.
HB1779 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, further providing for definitions, for reporting, for policy relating to bullying and for maintenance of records; and, in Safe2Say Program, further providing for intent, for definitions and for Safe2Say Program and providing for reporting and remediating bullying.
Sponsor: Rep. Frank Burns (D)
Summary: (PN 2183) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, to insert definitions for "bullying" and "school setting." Indicates that all new incidents of cyber harassment shall be reported within 30 days of the initial claim and the designated anti-bullying specialist shall report all new incidents within 30 days, and the reports shall be recorded by the school entity. Repeals old definition of "bullying." Further providing for maintenance of records to update legislative intent. Inserts a definition for "cyber harassment." Details the process for reporting and remediating bullying. Effective in 60 days.
HB1826 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for subjects of instruction and flag code and providing for voting rights instruction; and, in high schools, further providing for assessment of civic knowledge and providing for voter registration efforts.
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher M. Rabb (D)
Summary: (PN 2262) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for subjects of instruction and flag code to insert language for voting rights and secretary of education and remove language for superintendent of public instruction. Provides for voting rights instruction to assert what will apply to model curriculum. Amends the section relating to high schools by adding a subsection to further provide for assessment of civic knowledge. Details what each school entity shall do beginning with the school year that begins at least 18 months after the effective date of subsection (a.1) and for each school year thereafter. Specifies that the department shall develop and issue to school entities a state seal of civic knowledge, which school entities are required to award to students. Provides for voter registration efforts. Specifies what a school entity designating a faculty member under subsection (a) shall do and asserts that a faculty member designated under subsection (a) shall nominate a student to aid in voter registration efforts during the school year, stating the student shall be at least 16 years of age and enrolled in a school entity on a full-time basis. Defines school entity and voter registration efforts. Effective in 60 days.
HB1848 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for dates and times of school terms and sessions and commencement.
Sponsor: Rep. Jill N. Cooper (R)
Summary: (PN 2300) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for dates and times of school terms and sessions and commencement. Replaces certain language. Provides that the instructional day for a secondary school may not begin earlier than 8:15 a.m. beginning with the 2026-27 school year and each school year thereafter. Asserts that by July 1, 2026, the governing body of a public school entity shall inform its community, including parents, students school administrators, school employees and other stakeholders, about the health, safety and academic impacts of sleep deprivation on secondary school students and the benefits of a later school start time, and shall discuss with the community local strategies to successfully implement the later school start time. Defines department, public school entity, secondary school and secretary as used in this section. Effective in 60 days.
HB1870 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for suspension and expulsion of pupils.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 2353) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for suspension and expulsion of pupils who are eight years or older. Prohibits a principal or teacher in charge of a public school from excluding a pupil for more than 10 days without a proper hearing. Prohibits a principal or teacher in charge of a public school from expelling a pupil younger than eight years of age unless the pupil poses an imminent threat of harm or danger to others. Effective in 60 days.
HB1874 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for certificates qualifying persons to teach and providing for special temporary certificate for veterans.
Sponsor: Rep. Dane Watro (R)
Summary: (PN 2355) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for special temporary certificates for veterans to be developed by the Department of Education (PDE) secretary and the State Board of Education, including training, requirements for candidate oversight and mentoring. Provides for certificate compliance and extension. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1875 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for advanced placement and international baccalaureate exam fees and providing for advanced course fee assistance.
Sponsor: Rep. Steven R. Malagari (D)
Summary: (PN 2418) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for continuing professional development; providing for access to advanced courses for all students; establishing the Access to Advanced Courses for all Students Grant Program. imposes duties on the Department of Education. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 2404) (PN 2404) Amends the Public School Code, in reimbursements by commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for advanced placement and international baccalaureate exam fees to include language asserting through the 2023-2024 school year and adding a section to provide for advanced course fee assistance commencing with the 2024-2025 school year. Specifies that the exam fee assistance provided by the department shall cover 80 percent of the exam fee for each student and the school entity shall cover the remaining 20 percent of the exam fee for each student with financial need and may cover some or all of the remaining 20 percent of the exam fee for each student without financial need. Allows the school entity to use federal funds to cover the school entity’s portion of the exam fee. Provides that the per-exam cost charged to students for an exam shall not exceed the rate paid by the students with financial need for advanced course exams during the 2018-2019 school year. Asserts that the exam fee assistance shall only be provided to students who complete an advanced course and choose to take an exam for that course. Specifies definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1884 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, further providing for courses of study; and abrogating regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan E. Mackenzie (R)
Summary: (PN 2373) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, further providing for courses of study; and abrogating regulations. Asserts that beginning in the 2024-25 school year, and continuing each school year thereafter the instruction under this subsection shall include instruction on Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Joseph Stalin and the Soviet system, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Revolution, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and Nicolas Maduro and the Chavismo movement and how victims suffered under each of the aforementioned regimes through poverty, starvation, migration, systemic lethal violence and suppression of speech. Provides that the State Board of Education shall promulgate regulations consistent with subsection (a) no later than April 1, 2024. Effective in 60 days.
HB1886 (T) - An Act providing for the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program; prescribing powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; providing for scholarships for tuition and fees, scholarships for room and board and aid for adult reeducation; and establishing the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Jordan A. Harris (D)
Summary: (PN 2419) The Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program provides for definitions; establishes the program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and prescribes powers and duties of the agency. Provides for scholarships for tuition and fees, scholarships for room and board and aid for adult reeducation. Directs the agency to utilize no more than $5 million from the fund to cover associated costs with administrating the program and transfers $225 million from the general fund for the program. Provides the scholarship may be used for tuition and fees at community colleges, state-owned or state related institutions, requires that an applicant’s total annual household income does not exceed $200,000 and is enrolled full time. Prohibits the agency from issuing a scholarship in excess of the outstanding balance for tuition and fees received from an institution of higher education and the scholarship for tuition and fees may not exceed one academic year. Directs the agency to create an application. Prioritizes aid for programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential. Directs the agency to send a report regarding the program to the governor and legislative chairpersons. Amends language throughout for specificity. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number(s): 2365) (PN 2365) The Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program provides for definitions; establishes the program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and prescribes powers and duties of the agency. Provides for scholarships for tuition and fees, scholarships for room and board and aid for adult reeducation. Directs the agency to utilize no more than $5 million from the fund to cover associated costs with administrating the program and transfers $225 million from the general fund for the program. Provides the scholarship may be used for tuition and fees at community colleges, state-owned or state related institutions, requires that an applicant’s total annual household income does not exceed $200,000 and is enrolled full time. Prohibits the agency from issuing a scholarship in excess of the outstanding balance for tuition and fees received from an institution of higher education and the scholarship for tuition and fees may not exceed one academic year. Directs the agency to create an application. Prioritizes aid for programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential. Directs the agency to send a report regarding the program to the governor and legislative chairpersons. Effective immediately.
HB1898 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, further providing for Office for Safe Schools; establishing the Safe Schools Fund; and making an interfund transfer.
Sponsor: Rep. Shelby Labs (R)
Summary: (PN 2384) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, removing certain language for Office for Safe Schools; establishing the Safe Schools Fund in the State Treasury to be appropriated on a continuing basis to the department for the purpose of awarding grants; and making an interfund transfer of $250 million from the General Fund to the Safe Schools Fund. Effective in 60 days.
HB1904 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for personalized education program; providing for student freedom accounts; and establishing the Student Freedom Account Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph D'Orsie (R)
Summary: (PN 2398) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, adding a section to provide for personalized education program; adding an article to provide for student freedom accounts; and establishing the Student Freedom Account Program within the Treasury Department of the Commonwealth to administer student freedom accounts. Specifies that a personalized education program shall not be considered a nonpublic school under the provisions of this act. Details what applies to a notarized affidavit of the parent or guardian or other person having legal custody of the child who will participate in the personalized education program. Provides for a personalized education program site that is relocating to another school district within this commonwealth. Provides for a child who is enrolled in a personalized education program. Establishes the minimum courses in grades nine through 12 required for graduation in a personalized education program and what shall apply to diplomas. Details what documentation for each student enrolled in the personalized education program shall be provided and maintained on file. Asserts that the school district of residence shall, at the request of the supervisor, lend to the personalized education program copies of the school district’s planned courses, textbooks and other curriculum materials appropriate to the student’s age and grade level. Provides what shall apply to activities. Further provides for personalized education program. Specifies definitions. Provides for the administration of the Student Freedom Account Program. Provides for application, including development of form, submittal of form, languages of form, individuals who may apply, acceptance and review and approval. Provides the conditions for establishing a student freedom account, detailing execution and contents. Provides for subsequent agreements not precluded, term of agreement, renewal, number, termination and expiration. Establishes a section providing for grant, specifying deposit, amount, installments and disposition. Provides a section regarding payments, including prohibitions, refund, payment system and source of payment. Asserts that money received under this article shall not constitute taxable income to the parent of the eligible student. Provides for audits and penalties. Provides accountability standards for a participating entity. Bars certain participating entities, detailing reasons, notice and appeal. Provides for school records, legal proceedings, guidelines and implementation. Effective immediately.
HB1908 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security coordinator; and, in school security, further providing for duties of commission and providing for school security personnel.
Sponsor: Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R)
Summary: (PN 2408) Amends the Public School Code, in school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security coordinator; and, in school security, further providing for duties of commission and providing for school security personnel. Adds language providing for specific duties of the school safety and security coordinator and provides for a report to the school entity’s board of directors on the school entity’s current school security personnel no later than June 30, 2024, and each June 30 thereafter. Establishes criteria for granting school entities waivers for the requirements in section 1316-C(a) and specifies what the criteria shall include at a minimum. Asserts that a school entity shall have one armed school security personnel on duty during the school day beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Provides a governing body of a school entity may decide to have armed school security personnel on duty in a school building or on school premises during extracurricular activities that occur outside of the school day. Specifies that a school entity must certify to the School Safety and Security Committee that an armed school security personnel satisfies the requirements of this article. Provides for powers and duties. Asserts that money allocated to the School Safety and Security Fund for the School Safety and Security Grant Program may be used for the requirements of this section. Allows a school entity that is unable to meet the requirements of section 1316-C(a) to apply for a waiver to the committee and further providers for waiver. Specifies definitions. effective in 60 days.
HB1920 (T) - An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in minors, further providing for use of tobacco products in schools prohibited.
Sponsor: Rep. Steven R. Malagari (D)
Summary: (PN 2453) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in minors, further providing for use of tobacco products in schools prohibited. Prohibits school policies created to enforce the prohibition of tobacco product use from including suspension, expulsion, fines, service fees or extracurricular activity prohibition. Requires a school board to consider American Heart Association standard recommendations when establishing a policy. Enables school boards to establish policies relating to tobacco product use at off-campus school-sponsored events. Changes “summary offense” to “violation.” Effective in 60 days.
HB1933 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for grading, classification and promotion of pupils.
Sponsor: Rep. Valerie S. Gaydos (R)
Summary: (PN 2465) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for grading, classification and promotion of pupils. Requires a teacher to assign a grade reflecting a pupil’s relative mastery of an assignment. Provides a teacher may not have to assign a minimum grade for an assignment without regard to a pupil’s quality of work. Provides a pupil could repeat a class assignment or examination in which the pupil received a failing grade to receive a revised grade. Effective in 60 days.
HB1934 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for subjects of instruction and flag code.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Adams (Resigned 02/09/24) (R)
Summary: (PN 2466) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for subjects of instruction and flag code. Adds the following subjects taught in the English language and from English texts should also include print, joined italics and cursive handwriting. Requires discretion from the Secretary of Education for the teaching of subjects in a language other than English as a part of foreign language study or a bilingual education program if the teaching personnel is certified in those subject fields. Provides school districts to provide eighth-grade students with one illustrated copy of the National Flag Code and make copies available for replacements from year to year. Effective in 60 days.
HB1950 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, establishing the School Bus Driver Epinephrine Auto-injector Training and Grant Program; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Kristin Marcell (R)
Summary: (PN 2484) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, establishing the School Bus Driver Epinephrine Auto-injector Training and Grant Program; and imposing duties on the Department of Education. Allows school entities to require school vehicle drivers to complete epinephrine auto-injector training. Requires the department to establish eligibility criteria, application directives and funding requirements for the grant program. Establishes school entity requirements in carrying out powers and duties relating to the section. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1972 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in interscholastic athletics accountability, further providing for council recommendations and standards.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert F. Matzie (D)
Summary: (PN 2507) Amends the Public School Code, in interscholastic athletics accountability, adding a paragraph to further provide for council recommendations and standards. Effective immediately.
HB1974 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security coordinator.
Sponsor: Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz (D)
Summary: (PN 2509) Amends the Public School Code, in school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security coordinator. Requires the school safety and security coordinator to consider the implementation of a panic alarm system as part of a review of the school entity’s policies and procedures. Defines a panic alarm system as a silent security system signal generated by the manual activation of a device. Effective in 60 days.
HB1983 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in interscholastic athletics accountability, providing for playoffs and championships.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott Conklin (D)
Summary: (PN 2518) Amends the Public School Code, in interscholastic athletics accountability, adding a section to provide for playoffs and championships. Outlines guidelines and requirements for the association to establish separate playoffs and championships for athletics for boundary schools and nonboundary schools. Imposes duties on the Executive Board of Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee. Provides for public meetings. Defines board, boundary school, nonboundary school and oversight committee. Effective in 30 days.
HB1986 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations instruction.
Sponsor: Rep. Kristin Marcell (R)
Summary: (PN 2521) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, adding a subsection to further provide for Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations instruction. Directs a school entity to post the title or internet link for every primary resource used by them and a course syllabus or a written summary of instruction offered on the school’s publicly accessible website beginning with the 2025-26 school year and each school year thereafter. Asserts that the information shall be updated no later than 30 business days after the list of primary resources, syllabi and course descriptions used by the school entity are revised. Provides that the chief school administrator or a designee shall implement the requirements of this subsection and notes that this subsection shall not be construed to require a school entity to violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of the creator or owner of curriculum. Specifies that the Department of Education (PDE) shall post the curriculum guidelines on PDE's publicly accessible website. Defines chief school administrator, primary resource and school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB1987 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for student data security.
Sponsor: Rep. Alec J. Ryncavage (R)
Summary: (PN 2522) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, adding a section to provide for student data security. Directs the Department of Education (PDE), in consultation with the Office of Information Technology, to develop and update no less than annually a model data security plan for the protection of student data held by a school entity. Outlines what the model student data security plan shall include and asserts that the model plan and any updates shall be made available to all school entities. Imposes duties on the department and provides for a working group to assist with development. Specifies several definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1990 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for seizure recognition and related first aid training.
Sponsor: Rep. Carol Kazeem (D)
Summary: (PN 2525) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for seizure recognition and related first aid training to replace “may” with “shall”. Effective in 60 days.
HB1997 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for nondiscrimination awareness and prevention policy.
Sponsor: Rep. Nancy Guenst (D)
Summary: (PN 2529) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, providing for nondiscrimination awareness and prevention policy. Establishes nondiscrimination awareness and prevention policies beginning with the 2024-2025 school year to be made publicly accessible. Establishes related departmental duties. Establishes requirements to be included in model policies. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB1998 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Diversity Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein (D)
Summary: (PN 2530) Amends the Public School Code, providing for Diversity Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program. Provides definitions. Establishes the Diversity Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program and provides for its three-year operation, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Provides for the selection of participating school entities and establishes departmental responsibilities for the program relating to funding, consultation and guidelines. Provides for pilot program evaluation via school entity reporting, departmental evaluation and departmental reporting. Effective in 60 days.
HB1999 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in safe schools, providing for policy against gender-based bullying.
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Takac (D)
Summary: (PN 2531) Amends the Public School Code, in safe schools, providing for policies against gender-based bullying. Creates the Policy Against Gender-Based Bullying to begin with the 2024-2025 school year and to require school entities to delineate disciplinary consequences for gender-based bullying. Requires school entities to establish best practices for student and family support, privacy and address during a student’s gender transition. Requires school entities to make the policy publicly accessible and student-reviewed at least once every school year. Requires school entities to review their policies every three years and annually provide the office with a copy of the policy. Enables a school entity to include events outside of school grounds within its definition of “bullying.” Requires school entities to report all bullying incidents. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB2001 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, providing for public institution of higher education policy on antisemitism.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert W. Mercuri (R)
Summary: (PN 2555) Amends the Public School Code, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, adding a section to provide for public institution of higher education policy on antisemitism. Establishes the general rule that a public institution of higher education must adopt a clear and understandable written policy prohibiting antisemitism among faculty, staff and students in order to receive state funding. Requires a public institution of higher education to adopt, as part of its code of conduct relating to discrimination and harassment, a definition of the terms “discrimination” and “harassment,” which shall include antisemitism and examples of antisemitic activity. Defines antisemitism and public institution of higher education. Effective in 60 days.
HB2005 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for mental health check-ins.
Sponsor: Rep. Gwendolyn Roni Green (D)
Summary: (PN 2560) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, adding a section to provide for mental health check-ins. Directs each school entity to adopt a policy for daily mental health check-ins at the beginning of each school day for students in K-12 beginning with the 2024-25 school year and each school year thereafter. Specifies that the policy shall include a procedure for identifying and responding to students who through their responses to the mental health check-ins may be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression or may be at risk of suicide or self-harm. Directs the Department of Education to develop a model mental health check-in policy and make the policy available to each school entity and, upon request, to a nonpublic school. Defines department, mental health check-in, nonpublic school and school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB2006 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for mindfulness techniques.
Sponsor: Rep. Gwendolyn Roni Green (D)
Summary: (PN 2561) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, adding a section to provide for mindfulness techniques. Directs each school entity to adopt a policy for providing classroom instruction to students in K-12 in techniques of mindfulness for a minimum of 15 minutes each school day. Specifies that the required mindfulness techniques are not intended to be and shall not be conducted as a religious service or exercise. Imposes duties on the Department of Education. Defines mindfulness, nonpublic school and school entity. Effective in 60 days.
HB2007 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for requiring students to take academic assessments online.
Sponsor: Rep. Paul Friel (D)
Summary: (PN 2562) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, providing for requiring students to take academic assessments online. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to require students to complete the Keystone Exams, PSSA tests and other PDE-developed examinations and academic assessments online beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Provides exceptions for students with IEPs and students who are learning English as a second language. Requires online examination results to be reported to the school district within 10 business days. Directs PDE to establish a grant program to help school entities purchase the necessary technology and Internet connectivity resources. Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate or revise regulations as necessary to implement the section. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB2011 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for certified point-of-use filter required; establishing the Safe Schools Drinking Water Fund; and making an interfund transfer.
Sponsor: Rep. Gwendolyn Roni Green (D)
Summary: (PN 2570) Amends the Public School Code, in grounds and buildings, providing for certified point-of-use filter required; establishing the Safe Schools Drinking Water Fund; and making an interfund transfer. Requires school entities to equip drinking water outlets with certified point-of-use filters. Requires school entities to remove and replace existing drinking water fountains without such filters with bottle-filling stations or fountains with such filters at a rate of at least one per 100 students and staff. Requires school entities to set up filter maintenance and oversight and to ensure all new drinking water outlets do not leach more than one microgram of lead for test statistic Q or R under certain conditions. Allows school entities to seek the assistance of a local board of health or public water system or apply for a grant to comply with provisions. Requires the department to develop a grant program for the replacement of current drinking water fountains and for the installation of certified point-of-use filters on drinking water outlets. Requires the department to issue guidelines on the grant program to be publicly available within three months of the effective date. Details school entities that shall receive grant preference. Establishes information to be submitted by a school entity in a grant application under this subsection. Establishes regulation to be followed by school entities receiving a grant under this subsection, especially regarding publicly available information, communication contacts for installation projects, maintenance logs and signage. Requires school entities receiving grants under this subsection to report to the Department of Education (PDE) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) within 18 months that the work has been completed. Requires school entities to submit to PDE and DEP a report containing a plan to comply with the section by August 1, 2024. Allows the department to award up to $10,000,000 in grants each fiscal year for the three fiscal years following the section’s effective date. Directs the department to develop technical guidance, promulgate rules and regulations and share information and risk assessment tools. Provides definitions. Transfers the sum of $30,000,000 from the General Fund to the Safe School Drinking Water Fund. Effective in 60 days.
HB2024 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, further providing for school athletics, publications, and organizations; in grounds and buildings, further providing for water-closets or out-houses and providing for bathroom and athletic facilities for transgender students; and, in school health services, further providing for examinations of school buildings and grounds.
Sponsor: Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El (D)
Summary: (PN 2589) Amends the Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, further providing for school athletics, publications, and organizations to assert that the rules and regulations shall allow a student to participate in school athletics consistent with the gender identity of the student; in grounds and buildings, further providing for water-closets or out-houses to make editorial changes and adding a section to provide for bathroom and athletic facilities for transgender students; and, in school health services, further providing for examinations of school buildings and grounds to replace “privies, water-closets, urinals” with “bathrooms.” Establishes that the board of school directors in a school district shall ensure that each newly constructed or renovated school building used for school purposes provides for not less than three bathrooms for the building including at least one gender-neutral bathroom beginning in the 2024-25 school year and every school year thereafter. Provides that in a school building used for school purposes with more than three bathrooms, there shall be at least one gender-neutral bathroom for every two single-gender bathrooms. Asserts that the board of school directors in a district shall adopt, administer and enforce a policy that allows a student to use all bathrooms and athletic facilities in the district consistent with the gender identity of the student. Effective immediately.
HB2025 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the Statewide Imagination Library Program and the Imagination Library of Pennsylvania Restricted Account; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Liz Hanbidge (D)
Summary: (PN 2650) Amends the Public School Code by adding an article to establish the Statewide Imagination Library Program in the Department of Education (PDE) to promote the development of a comprehensive statewide initiative to encourage children from birth to five years of age to develop a love of reading and learning and to establish the Imagination Library of Pennsylvania Restricted Account as a restricted account in the General Fund with money in the account appropriated to PDE on a continuing basis; and imposes duties on PDE. Defines “account,” “department,” “eligible child,” “program” and “qualified local entity” when used in this article. Asserts that the state treasurer may accept appropriations, transfers, gifts, grants, donations, legacies or any other revenues, including allowable federal funds, for deposit into the account. Provides for allocation of money from the account, money remaining in the account at the close of the fiscal year and any interest that accrues in the account. Directs qualified local entities to use allocated money to provide one age-appropriate book to each registered child from birth to five years of age in participating counties, stating that books shall be sent monthly to each child’s home at no cost to families. Stipulates that PDE shall match the amount required of local programs participating in the program if money is available. Provides for the administration of the program and PDE’s oversight. Allows PDE to promulgate regulations as needed for the administration of the program. Asserts that PDE shall prepare and submit to the General Assembly, no later than Jan. 1, 2025, and each Jan. 1 thereafter, a report that includes the deposits made to and expenditures made from the account, whether the department waived any local match requirements, how many local programs exist, where the programs are located and which entity or organization serves as the local partner, as well as how many children are enrolled in a program and how many books those children have received. Effective in 60 days.
HB2026 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school safety and security, providing for purchase of firearm detection technology.
Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Hogan (R)
Summary: (PN 2590) Amends the Public School Code, in school safety and security, adding a section to provide for purchase of firearm detection technology. Details that a school entity may enter into a contract or other agreement with a vendor for the lease, purchase, installation, operation or maintenance of a firearm detection technology or other equipment and supplies necessary for the proper operation of the firearm detection technology. Provides what a firearm detection technology leased or purchased under this section shall be and do. Asserts that a firearm detection technology leased or purchased under this section may be managed directly by the contracted vendor through a continuously monitored operations center that is staffed by analysts who are trained in the detection and identification of various types of firearms. Specifies a school entity may pay for the operation and maintenance of a firearm detection technology leased or purchased under this section. Effective in 60 days.
HB2040 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, providing for reporting of partnerships with foreign nations.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephenie Scialabba (R)
Summary: (PN 2602) Amends the Public School Code, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, adding a section to provide for reporting of partnerships with foreign nations. Asserts that a public institution of higher education that intends to make an expenditure involving the travel of a student or staff person to a foreign nation for an academic, cultural or research activity or purpose shall submit a report to the Department of Education (PDE) one calendar year before travel. Establishes a report shall include the cost, duration, rubric, source of funds, the purpose and the benefit derived for this commonwealth. Directs PDE to post on its website a report received under this section and it shall maintain the posting for a period of not less than five years from the date the report is received. Defines department and public institution of higher education. Effective in 60 days.
HB2041 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, prohibiting certain diversity training and courses.
Sponsor: Rep. Stephenie Scialabba (R)
Summary: (PN 2603) Amends the Public School Code, in miscellaneous provisions relating to institutions of higher education, prohibiting certain diversity training and courses. Specifies an institution of higher education may not require a student to complete diversity training or a diversity course in order to graduate, receive a degree or receive credit hours. Defines diversity course, diversity training and institution of higher education. Effective in 60 days.
HB2043 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for possession and use of mobile devices.
Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Gleim (R)
Summary: (PN 2605) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, adding a section to provide for possession and use of mobile devices. Asserts that a student of a public school entity may not possess or use a mobile device during the school day in a school building of the public school entity. Provides that a student must deposit their mobile device in a lockbox, case or pouch with a locking mechanism or other secure location at the beginning of the school day for the duration of the school day, and the student may retrieve the mobile device from the secure storage location at the end of the day. Provides for exceptions in which subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to a student. Allows that an authority of the public school entity may approve of the possession and use of the mobile device by the student during the school day in a school building of the public school entity. Directs a public school entity to develop or update its written policies and that the written policies shall include a process for students and parents to contact each other during the school day. Gives meaning to words and phrases as used in this section. Effective in 60 days.
HB2073 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school directors, further providing for eligibility and incompatible offices.
Sponsor: Rep. Valerie S. Gaydos (R)
Summary: (PN 2647) Amends the Public School Code, in school directors, further providing for eligibility and incompatible offices. Replaces “citizen” with “resident” and asserts that any person shall not be eligible to serve as a school director of a school district in which an immediate family member is currently employed. Makes editorial changes, providing for subsections (b), (c) and (d). Defines “immediate family member” and “joint school or department” as used in this section. Effective in 60 days.
HB2086 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for youth suicide awareness and prevention and providing for violence prevention and social inclusion.
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Munroe (D)
Summary: (PN 2666) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, adding a subsection to further provide for youth suicide awareness and prevention and adding a section to provide for violence prevention and social inclusion. Establishes what shall apply to school personnel and student suicide awareness and prevention training. Specifies the definition of the term “evidence-based” for the purposes of this subsection. Outlines what shall apply to student safety and violence prevention training. Provides what shall apply to student social inclusion training. Stipulates what shall apply to student-led violence prevention clubs. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to apply for any federal or state funding made available to PDE for the purposes of improving school safety. Specifies definitions. Effective immediately.
HB2101 (T) - An Act amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in child protective services, providing for information for school districts.
Sponsor: Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson (D)
Summary: (PN 2689) Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations), in child protective services, adding a section providing for information for school districts. Directs the department to promulgate regulations and establish procedures for best practices for the county agency to notify a school building principal, a certified school guidance counselor or an identified mental health professional when a student at a school building is engaged in a traumatic event. Defines a traumatic event. Asserts that the department and the county agency may not share confidential information relating to the student, but the county agency shall inform the school building principal, a certified guidance counselor or an identified mental health professional through written or electronic communication to monitor the student for additional support needs that the county agency is aware that the student attends the school and was recently involved in a traumatic event. Effective in 60 days.
HB2109 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for student mental health supports.
Sponsor: Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson (D)
Summary: (PN 2693) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for student mental health supports. Requires school entities to adopt a comprehensive student mental health support policy consistent with subsection (c), provide parental, employee and public notice of the policy and include four hours of training in comprehensive student mental health support every five years in professional development plans for educators in grades six through twelve, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Directs the department to develop a model student mental health support policy with a youth mental health organization within the commonwealth, compile and post on its publicly accessible website various educational resources and guidelines and develop a model student mental health curriculum to be made available to all public school entities and requested nonpublic schools. Details items to be included in the department’s model policy and any policy adopted by the school entity regarding student mental health supports. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB2110 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school safety and security, providing for trauma-informed records program; and imposing a penalty.
Sponsor: Rep. Napoleon J. Nelson (D)
Summary: (PN 2694) Amends the Public School Code, in school safety and security, providing for trauma-informed records program; and imposing a penalty. Enables a school entity that participates in the School Safety and Security Grant Program to establish a trauma-informed records program with oversight by a mental health professional to maintain electronic records, including information regarding traumatic events and adverse childhood experiences of a student. Allows a school board-appointed and trained school administrator to oversee trauma-informed records if a school entity does not employ a mental health professional. Provides for trauma-informed record classification. Allows the use of trauma-informed records to assist a school entity in developing a trauma-informed approach to supporting the student population, developing instructional approaches or determining in-school supports needed for a student. Prohibits the use of trauma-informed records for determinations of school, extracurricular or higher education admittance or for subpoenas for a criminal matter or use in a juvenile criminal justice matter. Provides for the confidentiality of a student’s trauma-informed record, only to be divulged if considered appropriate by the professional or administrator charged with records maintenance. Determines the authorities who may have access to requesting record information. Provides for the transfer of a student’s trauma-informed record. Provides for a two-year retention of trauma-informed records if a school entity no longer receives grant funding or if a student no longer attends the school entity. Provides for parental notification of and consent for the establishment of a trauma-informed record for that student. Provides penalties for individuals who disclose a record deemed confidential without authorization. Provides definitions. Effective in 60 days.
HB2112 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for school swimming education program; in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, providing for payments on account of school swimming education program; and making an appropriation.
Sponsor: Rep. Gwendolyn Roni Green (D)
Summary: (PN 2696) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for school swimming education program; in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, providing for payments on account of school swimming education program; and making an appropriation. Provides that on or before July 1, 2025, the department shall identify or develop a model curriculum and guidelines for instruction in water and swimming safety for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Provides that beginning with the 2025-2026 school year, a school entity may utilize the model curriculum and guidelines under this section or develop the school entity's own curriculum in accordance with academic standards. Defines “school entity.” Effective in 60 days.
HB2114 (T) - An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in general powers and duties of the Department of Public Welfare, further providing for personal care home and assisted living residence administrators; and abrogating regulations.
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Twardzik (R)
Summary: (PN 2698) Amends the Human Services Code, in general powers and duties of the Department of Public Welfare, further providing for personal care home and assisted living residence administrators; and abrogating regulations. Provides that the department shall provide a skills competency examination to individuals seeking employment as a direct care staff person in either a personal care home or an assisted living residence in lieu of successfully obtaining a high school diploma or GED equivalency. Provides that the examination shall include an assessment of interpersonal communication skills, basic writing and reading comprehension, understanding of cultural and diverse communities, awareness of mental and behavioral health needs and other competencies specific to working in a personal care home or an assisted living residence. Effective in 60 days.
HB2115 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for credit for employment at congregate care facility.
Sponsor: Rep. Tim Twardzik (R)
Summary: (PN 2699) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for credit for employment at congregate care facility. Provides that a student who is in grade eleven or twelve at a school entity or nonpublic school and who is employed, either on a paid or voluntary basis, at a congregate care facility may earn one elective credit toward graduation for each 350 hours worked at the congregate care facility, for a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation. Further provides that the school entity or nonpublic school, in coordination with the Department of Education (PDE), shall develop an application process and form for the student seeking elective credit. Provides definitions for “congregate care facility”, “nonpublic school”, and “school entity.” Effective in 60 days.
HB2124 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for exception from compulsory education for certain children with disabilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Dane Watro (R)
Summary: (PN 2710) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, adding a section to provide for exception from compulsory education for certain children with disabilities. Stipulates that beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, a parent or guardian of a child six years of age who is required to attend school in this commonwealth for the first time may submit to the department a request for a waiver from the requirements of compulsory attendance for the child, outlining the requirements. Directs the department to notify the school district of residence upon receipt of a waiver request. Provides that if the requirements are met, the department shall approve the waiver for a period not exceeding one year and send an approval letter to the parent or guardian and school district of residence. Allows the parent or guardian of a child whose request for a waiver has been approved by the department to retain the right to enroll the child in the school district of residence at any time during the school year. Details what shall apply. Provides that the department shall issue guidelines to implement this section within 30 days of the effective date of this subsection. Effective immediately.
HR29 (T) - A Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of the viability, benefits and costs of establishing consolidated, county-led busing of all private and public school students.
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Webster (D)
Summary: (PN 269) Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of the viability, benefits and costs of establishing consolidated, county-led busing of all private and public school students.
HR118 (T) - A Resolution urging the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education to collaborate on conducting a Statewide study of school cafeteria services provided to every school district.
Sponsor: Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz (D)
Summary: (PN 1287) Resolution urging the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education to collaborate on conducting a statewide study of school cafeteria services within every school district.
SB42 (T) - An Act establishing the Schools-to-Work Program; and imposing powers and duties on the Department of Labor and Industry.
Sponsor: Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D)
Summary: (PN 93) The Schools-to-Work Act establishes the Schools-to-Work Program; and imposes powers and duties on the Department of Labor and Industry. Adds definitions. Establishes the Schools-to-Work Program to award grants on a competitive basis to entities that support the establishment or enhancement of workforce development partnerships. Establishes grant proposal guidelines and requirements. Provides for priority of application requirements and provides for limitations on the use of grant money, requiring the return of money left over to be returned to the department. Establishes reporting requirements. Provides for funding sources including money appropriated to the department and requires notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Adds an expiration of the act on June 30, 2028, or five years after the effective date, whichever is later. Effective in 60 days.
SB84 (Chapter 26) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, repealing provisions relating to religious garb, insignia, etc., prohibited and penalty.
Sponsor: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R)
Summary: (PN 10) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, repealing provisions related to prohibited religious garb and insignias and related penalties. Effective in 60 days.
SB97 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for community-engaged schools; establishing the Community-Engaged School for Success Pilot Program; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R)
Summary: (PN 689) Amends the Public School Code to provide for the Community Engaged Schools for Success Pilot Program Act. Provides any school operated by a school district is eligible for designation by the secretary of education as a community engaged school if it meets certain criteria. Alters the number days of designation to 90 days. Adds further content requirements reporting student progress and outcomes to include student statistics for several categories. Adds the Department of Education (PDE) shall ensure compliance with all student privacy laws. Requires PDE to publish its annual report on its website. Effective immediately. (Prior printer number(s): 36) (PN 36) Amends the Public School Code adding a new chapter providing for the Community Engaged Schools for Success Pilot Program Act. Provides any school operated by a school district is eligible for designation by the secretary of education as a community engaged school if it meets at least one of the criteria provided in the legislation. Further provides for community engaged school designation, community engaged plan, duties of program manager, duties of the Department of Education, and community engaged school grants. Also provides grant funds shall be used exclusively for the purpose of supporting a community engaged school's community engagement plan and are subject to audit by the department and the auditor general. Effective immediately.
SB114 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for firefighter and emergency service training and establishing the Secondary Education Fire Training Pilot Program and the Fire Training Fund.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 1201) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for firefighter and emergency service training to school entities and nonpublic schools and establishing the Secondary Education Fire Training Pilot Program to provide high school students with instruction through a partnership with institutions of higher education, school entities, or nonpublic schools in order to increase the number of individuals capable of becoming volunteer firefighters. Provides the state fire commissioner shall accept proposals from institutions of higher education and select four institutions, each of which shall be from the central, western or eastern regions of the state and one institution from anywhere in the state, for the pilot program. Requires the state fire commissioner to enter into an agreement with a school entity or nonpublic school for the provision of fire instruction to students in at least the ninth grade. Establishes the Fire Training Fund, which permits donations and appropriates $150,000 to each institution of higher education offering the pilot program for the duration of the program. Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a survey of volunteer fire companies in the municipalities surrounding school entities and nonpublic schools that participate in the pilot program to determine if the program is increasing the number of volunteer firefighters, with the results submitted to legislative leadership within six months of the completion of the program. Effective on January 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later. (Prior Printer Number(s): 18) (PN 18) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for firefighter and emergency service training to school entities and nonpublic schools and establishing the Secondary Education Fire Training Pilot Program to provide high school students with instruction through a partnership with institutions of higher education, school entities, or nonpublic schools in order to increase the number of individuals capable of becoming volunteer firefighters. Provides the state fire commissioner accepts proposals from institutions of higher education and selects three to offer the pilot program, as geographically distributed as possible. Additionally provides the state fire commissioner enter into an agreement with a school entity or nonpublic school for the provision of fire instruction to students in at least the ninth grade. Establishes the Fire Training Fund, which permits donations and appropriates $150,000 to each institution of higher education offering the pilot program for the duration of the program. Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a survey of volunteer fire companies in the municipalities surrounding school entities and nonpublic schools that participate in the pilot program to determine if the program is increasing the number of volunteer firefighters, with the results submitted to legislative leadership within 6 months of the completion of the program. Provides the pilot program expires four years after the effective date. Effective on January 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
SB123 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for supplemental mathematics program for grades kindergarten through five.
Sponsor: Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D)
Summary: (PN 325) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for supplemental mathematics programs for grades kindergarten through five. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the Department of Education must select a mathematics program for kindergarten through fifth grade learners that demonstrates experience in teaching mathematics, functions as a flexible supplemental resource, and provides a mathematics program designed to strengthen critical skills in mathematics and includes in-class demonstrations, modeling, and coaching support to assist all students. The department will upload the mathematics program on its publicly accessible website and establish criteria for a school to measure mathematical outcomes. Effective immediately.
SB128 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, providing for posting of offers of employment for certain administrators; and, in intermediate units, providing for posting of offers of employment for certain staff.
Sponsor: Sen. Patrick J. Stefano (R)
Summary: (PN 111) Amends the Public School Code, in duties and powers of boards of school directors, providing for posting of offers of employment for certain administrators by stating a board of school directors that offer employment for the position of district superintendent, assistant district superintendent, associate superintendent, or principal shall post the offer on the district's website with relevant information. In intermediate units, provides for posting of offers of employment by stating a board of intermediate unit directors that offer of employment for executive director or assistant executive director shall post the offer on the intermediate unit's website with relevant information. Effective in 60 days.
SB180 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Universal School Meal Program; establishing the Universal School Meal Fund; and making an interfund transfer and an appropriation.
Sponsor: Sen. Lindsey Marie Williams (D)
Summary: (PN 399) Amends the Public School Code, providing for the Universal School Meal Program; establishing the Universal School Meal Fund; and making an interfund transfer and an appropriation. Provides two free meals each school day to each student of a public school regardless of household income. Provides the duty of each public school entity to provide free breakfast and lunch as well as provisions related to data collection. Establishes the Universal School Meal Fund and provides $275 million transfer to provide payments to school entities to reimburse the cost of discharging outstanding student meal debt. Effective immediately.
SB196 (T) - An Act providing for the posting of annual financial information for public school entities.
Sponsor: Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R)
Summary: (PN 173) The Public School Web Accountability and Transparency (SchoolWATCH) Act provides within 90 days of the effective date, the Department of Education (PDE) shall publicly post on its website financial information for the public school entity from the most recent school year, a link to the most recent reports the school filed with PDE, a link to the school's website, and a statement instructing the public to contact a public school for access to a union contract. PDE shall post the information in a public and accessible manner. Effective immediately.
SB207 (T) - An Act providing for standards for carbon monoxide alarms in dormitories; and imposing penalties.
Sponsor: Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D)
Summary: (PN 178) The Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Dormitories Act provides standards for carbon monoxide alarms in dormitories and imposes penalties. Requires dormitories that use fossil-fuel-burning heaters or appliances or have an attached garage to have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm installed in the vicinity of the fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance and in every housing unit that is located on the same story as the fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance or attached garage within 18 months of the effective date of this section. Provides that willful failure to install or maintain an operational, approved carbon monoxide alarm is subject to a summary offense with a fine of up to $50. Effectively immediately.
SB208 (T) - An Act providing for standards for carbon monoxide alarms in schools; and imposing penalties.
Sponsor: Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D)
Summary: (PN 179) The Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Schools Act provides for standards for carbon monoxide alarms in schools and imposes penalties. Requires schools using fossil-fuel-burning heaters or appliances or having an attached garage to have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm installed in the vicinity of every classroom that is located on the same story as the fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance or attached garage within 18 months of the effective date of this section. Provides that the maintenance, repair or replacement is the responsibility of the governing body of the school. Provides that willful failure to install or maintain an operational, approved carbon monoxide alarm is subject to a summary offense with a fine of up to $50. Effectively immediately.
SB209 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, providing for National Guard or Reserve parent student support.
Sponsor: Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R)
Summary: (PN 302) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, providing for National Guard and Reserve parent student support. Provides notwithstanding other provisions of law, a student who is a child of a member of the National Guard and Reserve shall be afforded the same rights as a student of an active-duty military family if the parent's responsibilities in the service result in the student having to transfer from a school in one state to a school in another state. Provides definitions for public school and student. Effective in 60 days.
SB210 (T) - An Act amending the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L.6, No.3), known as the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in procedure, further providing for written requests; and, in judicial review, further providing for fee limitations.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 84) Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in procedure, further providing for written requests; and, in judicial review, further providing for fee limitations. Adds definition for "commercial purpose," provides for exceptions for reasons for commercial requests, adds requirements for the records used for commercial purposes, and exceptions of additional standard fees for records requested that are subject to other fees, were requested by an attorney on behalf of the client, were requested from an entity holding a certificate of authority or licensee from the Insurance Department, contractor, vendor, licensee, service provider or affiliate of the entity. Adds an alternative fee arrangement and provides for appeals. Effective in 60 days.
SB227 (T) - A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, prohibiting the passage of unfunded directives from the General Assembly concerning education passed through legislation.
Sponsor: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R)
Summary: (PN 196) Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution, prohibiting the passage of unfunded directives from the General Assembly concerning education passed through legislation. Requires new mandates enacted by statute, regulation or executive order that establish new education programs to provide for the program's implementation through the necessary funding. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.
SB232 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for health services.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 637) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing a school nurse, school physician or employe of a school district shall remove a tick from a student in accordance with guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH). Makes technical adjustments. Replaces "district" with "entity". Adds the results of a tick test must be provided to the child's parent or guardian and that the school entity may not make copies of the results or include any information regarding the results in the child's school medical record. Adds the school entity may notate the disease as present in the tick, with no identifying or personal information of the child, for the purpose of collecting data on the presence of the disease. Adds a definition for school entity. Effective in 60 days. (Prior printer number(s): 146) (PN 146) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, providing a school nurse, school physician, or employe of a school district shall remove a tick from a student in accordance with guidelines set by the secretary of health. Further provides for the tick to be sent to the Tick Research Lab of Pennsylvania for testing if the parent wishes to do so. Provides information on ticks and Lyme disease for parents when after atick is removed from a student. Requires the secretary of health to publish guidelines online for school districts in consultation with the secretary of education. Effective in 60 days.
SB263 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for military education scholarship account; and imposing penalties.
Sponsor: Sen. Doug Mastriano (R)
Summary: (PN 226) Amends the Public School Code establishing the Military Education Scholarship Account. The scholarship account program is established within the Department of Education (PDE) to approve or deny applications from eligible individuals to receive financial assistance; provides details for applying and receiving approval. Grant amounts are contingent upon the student's disability. Provides accountability over schools participating in the scholarship program. Resident school districts shall provide adequate information to PDE of and provide transportation for the grant awardee. Effective in 60 days. (PN 226) Amends the Public School Code, providing for the Military Education Scholarship Account and imposing penalties. Establishes the Military Education Scholarship Account within the Department of Education (PDE). Provides for application requirements, application forms and review and approval by PDE. Directs the State Treasury to administer the Military Education Scholarship Account. Provides for terms of agreement, termination, automatic termination, number of separate agreements and explanations. Provides that the secretary shall deposit a grant for that school year in the Military Education Scholarship Account of the eligible student. Directs the Treasury to deposit the money for each grant in quarterly installments under a schedule determined by the Treasury. Identifies qualified education expenses. Directs the Treasury to develop a system that enables a parent to pay for services provided by participating entities under the program by electronic money transfer. Provides for the source of payment. Directs the Office of the Auditor General to conduct audits on the accounts. Provides for penalties from the Treasury if the money in the Military Education Scholarship Account is used for expenses other than a qualified education expense. Establishes accountability standards for participating entities. Effective in 60 days.
SB285 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for instruction in the events and significance of September 11, 2001.
Sponsor: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R)
Summary: (PN 259) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for instruction in the events and significance of Sept. 11, 2001. Requires the Department of Education (PDE) to establish a model curriculum for instruction in the events and significance of Sept. 11, 2001, and provides the minimum of what the curriculum shall include. Provides that PDE shall make curriculum materials and other available resources available on their publicly accessible website for voluntary use by school entities and nonpublic schools. Further provides that a school entity or nonpublic school is not required to implement, adopt or use the curriculum, materials and other resources made available by PDE. Clarifies the term "school entity." Effective in 60 days.
SB290 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary.
Sponsor: Sen. Doug Mastriano (R)
Summary: (PN 264) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for a moment of silence on September 11 anniversary; further directing the Department of Education to establish a model curriculum for instruction in the events and significance of September 11, 2001, within 12 months of the effective date and made available on a publicly accessible website. Effective immediately.
SB293 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for consent education.
Sponsor: Sen. Timothy P. Kearney (D)
Summary: (PN 267) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for consent education. Beginning with school year 2022-2023, each public school student will receive mandatory instruction in consent education every year, in every grade from kindergarten through grade 12. Effective in 60 days.
SB296 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on January 6 anniversary.
Sponsor: Sen. Arthur L Haywood (D)
Summary: (PN 246) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for a moment of silence on January 6 anniversary; further directs the Department of Education to establish a model curriculum for instruction in the events and significance of January 6, 2021. Effective Immediately.
SB297 (T) - An Act authorizing the provision or sale of Pennsylvania milk in Pennsylvania schools.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 247) The Whole Milk in Pennsylvania Schools Act authorizes the provision or sale of Pennsylvania milk in Pennsylvania schools; further provides for the secretary of education to submit a report to chairpersons of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee of the House and Senate. Effective in 30 days.
SB300 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for public job posting database, for instructional vacancy data and for data transparency; and establishing the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program.
Sponsor: Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D)
Summary: (PN 773) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, by adding sections to provide for public job posting database, for instructional vacancy data and for data transparency; and establishing the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Specifies definitions. Provides that the Department of Education (PDE) shall establish and maintain a public database for school entities and nonpublic schools to voluntarily advertise employe vacancies on PDE’s website and details what the database shall do at a minimum. Asserts that PDE shall require a school entity to submit certain information relating to instructional vacancies, including, at a minimum, the number of instructional vacancies, the number of emergency permits utilized by a school entity and the number of positions occupied by long-term substitutes. Details that the department shall determine the form and manner in which the information is to be submitted by a school entity and the department shall utilize existing reporting methods to collect this data to the best extent possible. Provides what each school entity shall report to the department by Aug. 31, 2023, and each Aug. 31 thereafter. Provides what data PDE shall post on its website related to the educator workforce in this commonwealth that allows members of the public to view, disaggregate and manipulate the data if collected by the department, to the extent that funding is made available, no later than Dec. 31 of each year. Asserts that the department may contract with an outside organization to meet the requirements of this section. Details that the department, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), shall issue a report to the governor and general assembly on the educator workforce in this commonwealth, no later than Dec. 15, 2023, and each Dec. 15 thereafter. Specifies that the report shall be posted on PDE’s website and provides what information the report shall include. Adds an article to provide for the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program. Imposes duties on the agency and department. Provides for the application for a grant under the program and establishes that a student teacher shall receive a minimum grant of $10,000. Provides for additional grant amount for certain areas. Provides for funding and additional duties. Details the dissemination of information. Provides for payment and administrative fee. Specifies what an individual shall meet for them to be eligible for a grant under the program. Asserts that nothing in this section shall be deemed to create a right of an individual to receive a grant and an individual may not receive more than one grant from the agency under the program. Establishes that the agency shall prepare and submit a report detailing the operation of the program to the governor, secretary of education and the general assembly no later than Dec. 31, 2024, and each Dec. 31 thereafter, and specifies what the report shall include at a minimum. Provides for coordination between PDE and L&I. Provides for data collection, including student teaching placement data. Provides for miscellaneous provisions, detailing provisions for institutions of higher education and credit. Effective immediately.
SB315 (T) - An Act providing for the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program; prescribing powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; providing for scholarships for tuition and fees, scholarships for room and board and aid for adult reeducation; and establishing the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program Fund.
Sponsor: Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D)
Summary: (PN 1249) The Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program Act provides for the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program (program). Prescribes powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and provides for scholarships for tuition and fees, scholarships for room and board and aid for adult re-education. Establishes the Pennsylvania Promise Pilot Program Fund within the State Treasury. Requires an annual report on the act’s effectiveness. Inserts definitions for use in the act. Effective immediately.
SB331 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for Black history education.
Sponsor: Sen. Sharif Street (D)
Summary: (PN 252) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for Black history education. Directs the Department of Education (PDE) to develop and disseminate material and related resources for school entities to provide for Black history education, update the material as necessary, affix a link to the material and related resources on PDE's website and develop guidelines to design a program or course of study related to Black history. Effective immediately.
SB337 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 295) Amends the Public School Code, in charter schools, further providing for funding for charter schools by specifying if a public school district offers a cyber-based program equal to an existing cyber chartered school and a student in that district attends a cyber charter school instead of the cyber program, the school district shall not be required to provide funding to pay for the student's attendance at a cyber charter school. Effective in 60 days.
SB340 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for online curriculum availability.
Sponsor: Sen. Doug Mastriano (R)
Summary: (PN 1106) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing online curriculum availability. Establishes that beginning with the 2023-24 school year and each school year after, a school entity shall post an internet link or title for every textbook, course syllabus or a written summary of each course, and the state academic standards for each instructional course offered by the school on its publicly accessible website. The information must be updated no later than 30 business days after each time the list of textbooks, syllabi, course descriptions, or state academic standards used by the school is revised. Provides that the chief school administrator or designee shall be responsible for implementing the requirements. In no case shall the requirements of this section be construed to require a school to violate the copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights of the creator or owner of the curriculum. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 276) (PN 276) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing online curriculum availability. Establishes that beginning with the 2023-24 school year and each school year after, a school entity shall post an internet link or title for every textbook, course syllabus or a written summary of each course, and the state academic standards for each instructional course offered by the school on its publicly accessible website. The information must be updated no later than 30 business days after each time the list of textbooks, syllabi, course descriptions, or state academic standards used by the school is revised. Provides that the chief school administrator or designee shall be responsible for implementing the requirements. In no case shall the requirements of this section be construed to require a school to violate the copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights of the creator or owner of the curriculum. Effective in 60 days.
SB342 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for school safety practices and for student online personal data safety practices; imposing penalties; making an appropriation; and making editorial changes.
Sponsor: Sen. Amanda M. Cappelletti (D)
Summary: (PN 1315) Amends the Public School Code, adding a subarticle to read and provide for school safety practices and adding a subarticle to provide for student online personal data safety practices to strengthen privacy protections for students using education services technology by prohibiting educational technology providers operating in an educational entity from selling student data, using information collected to advertise to students and families and creating student profiles to be used for noneducation purposes; imposing penalties; making an appropriation; and making editorial changes. Specifies definitions. Provides for the Department of Education (PDE) duties and responsibilities within six months of the effective date. Establishes within 60 days of the effective date, the secretary shall designate a chief data security officer within PDE. Details that PDE shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly on the protection of student data, the findings from PDE’s review of best practices and recommendations for improvements in the protection of student data requirements PDE intends to review, investigate or implement or status of implementation of any of the recommendations made in a prior annual report. Provides for educational entity duties and responsibilities, specifying each educational entity shall adopt a written policy within one year of the effective date and detailing what the written policy shall regard. Further provides for policy. Details what shall apply within 10 days of an educational entity being notified or becoming aware of a compromise of student data. Provides for an interactive computer service contract, including contract, terms, damages, duties to be included, use of model contract and limitation. Provides for third-party vendor duties and responsibilities regarding student data use and disclosure, as well as merger or sale. Provides for construction of this subarticle. Establishes the penalties and process a provider that fails to comply with a duty or other provision under this chapter resulting in a data breach or security compromise shall be subject to. Asserts that nothing in this subarticle shall limit, preclude or supersede an action for criminal or civil liabilities applicable or enforceable under a federal or state law. Provides that the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Office of Attorney General, shall develop regulations necessary to implement this subarticle. Provides that within one year of the effective date of this subsection, the State Board of Education shall promulgate final-omitted regulations under the Regulatory Review Act. Effective in six months.
SB343 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for Internet safety education curriculum.
Sponsor: Sen. John I. Kane (D)
Summary: (PN 1301) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for an age-appropriate Internet safety education curriculum through the Department of Education, in consultation with the Office of Attorney General, to be taught at least once each school year to students in kindergarten through grade twelve, allows the school board to determine the scope and duration of the unit of instruction, provides for topic limitations, directs the department to consider similar curricula in other states and suggestions from experts within six months of the effective date, allows a parent or legal guardian of a student under 18 years of age to examine the curriculum, allows a parent or legal guardian to opt the student out of instruction. Effective in 60 days.
SB353 (T) - An Act providing for display of the Preamble of the Constitution of Pennsylvania in each school building.
Sponsor: Sen. Cris Dush (R)
Summary: (PN 283) The Display of the Preamble of the Constitution of Pennsylvania Act requires the governing board of each school entity to display the Preamble of the Constitution of Pennsylvania at the entranceway of each school building. Provides the display shall take the form of, but is not limited to, a mounted plaque. Further provides the display may include artwork as the result of a school contest, which may be prominently displayed in each school building. Effective in 90 days.
SB375 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, repealing provisions relating to CPR instruction; and, in school health services, repealing provisions relating to automatic external defibrillators and providing for AED and CPR instruction and procedure, establishing the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program and providing for availability and specifications of automated external defibrillators.
Sponsor: Sen. Rosemary M. Brown (R)
Summary: (PN 318) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for CPR instruction and to include procedures and training on cardiac arrest and automated external defibrillator (AEDs) in schools. Requires schools to have at least five persons trained and certified to use AEDs; provides guidelines for other types of schools. Provides for procedures regarding response to cardiac arrest by requiring schools to have plans and policies in place that address cardiac arrest and have at least one AED on-site during school hours; schools who receive an AED from the Department of Education (PDE) are subject to provisions. Provides for donations for use related to CPR and AED instruction by allowing PDE to accept donations, including donations of equipment, for use in providing CPR and AED instruction to students. Repeals provisions relating to AEDs. Provides for availability and specifications of automated external defibrillators by requiring at least one AED be at a school during school hours and policies on using the AED shall be implemented. Provides a definition for school entity. Schools shall comply with the act no later than three years after the effective date; effective in 60 days.
SB387 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for excuses from attending school.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 331) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for excuses from attending school. Allows a school district to excuse a student from school attendance for a maximum of two days each school year without an excuse. Effective in 60 days. (PN 331) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, further providing for excuses from attending school by clarifying in addition to the excuses under the act, a school district may excuse a student from school attendance for a maximum of two days each school year without an excuse. Effective in 60 days.
SB388 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for dating violence education; and, in sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking education, prevention and response at institutions of higher education and private licensed schools, further providing for definitions and for education program.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 332) Amends the Public School Code, in dating violence education, providing the Department of Education (PDE) may provide grants to school entities to handle costs associated with dating violence training and curriculum changes; provides schools must create dating violence policies and post the policy in every classroom; clarifies who is to receive information and education on dating violence; inserts a definition for school entity and amends the definition of sexual violence. Further provides for education program by including information on how to obtain a protection from abuse order within the curriculum. Effective in 60 days.
SB389 (T) - An Act providing for social bias and cultural competence training for public employees and licensees; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 338) The Race, Discrimination and Forms of Bias Training Act provides for social bias and cultural competence training for public employees and licensees and imposes duties on the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission. The commission shall develop training which, at a minimum, shall include the understanding of social bias. Employees and licensees shall be required to complete the training every two years. Provides for documentation, online training, continuing education requirements and notification of renewal. Effective in 60 days.
SB390 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for immunization required and penalty.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 333) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing in lieu of a certificate of vaccination, a written objection of religious belief or moral ethical conviction may be accepted. Specifics the contents of the objection. Effective immediately.
SB393 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in professional employees, further providing for qualifications; and, in certification of teachers, further providing for State certificates.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 336) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, providing that the U.S. citizenship requirement may be waived for teachers holding valid immigration work authorization documentation; and, in certification of teachers, providing that the U.S. citizenship requirement may be waived for teachers holding valid immigration work authorization documentation. Effective immediately.
SB399 (T) - An Act providing for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records.
Sponsor: Sen. Patrick J. Stefano (R)
Summary: (PN 1103) The Public Employer Collective Bargaining Transparency Act provides for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records. Requires a public employer to provide notice prior to signing a proposed collective bargaining agreement. Directs the employer to post the notice on its website. Provides that a collective bargaining agreement executed without providing notice is void and unenforceable. Provides that a proposed collective bargaining agreement and documents presented during collective bargaining are open records under the Right-to-Know Law. Replaces language with a reserved paragraph. Effective in 30 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 343) (PN 343) The Public Employer Collective Bargaining Transparency Act provides for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records. Requires a public employer to provide notice prior to signing a proposed collective bargaining agreement. Directs the employer to post the notice on its website. Provides that a collective bargaining agreement executed without providing notice is void and unenforceable. Provides that a proposed collective bargaining agreement and documents presented in the course of collective bargaining are open records under the Right-to-Know Law. Effective in 30 days.
SB402 (T) - An Act providing for the annual designation and holiday observance of the fifteenth day of the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartik as "Diwali Day" in this Commonwealth.
Sponsor: Sen. Greg Rothman (R)
Summary: (PN 346) Act providing for the annual designation and holiday observance of the fifteenth day of the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartik as "Diwali Day" in Pennsylvania. Effectively immediately.
SB415 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for maintenance program.
Sponsor: Sen. Timothy P. Kearney (D)
Summary: (PN 363) Amends Public School Code, in construction and renovation of buildings by school entities, further providing for maintenance program. Provides that no grant award for maintenance project may exceed $3 million, replacing $1 million. Provides that for fiscal years 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26, any amount appropriated for school building projects shall be used exclusively for the program. Removes language providing that no less than 20 percent of the funds allocated shall be awarded to projects that enhance school building safety and security. Effective immediately.
SB454 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for physical education.
Sponsor: Sen. Cris Dush (R)
Summary: (PN 435) Amends the Public School Code adding language requiring the board of school directors to permit students to satisfy the physical education curriculum requirement by participation in an interscholastic sport to satisfy the requirement twice per school year, the utilization of which must be during the interscholastic sport's season. Effective in 60 days.
SB460 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, establishing the Child Reunification Program in the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R)
Summary: (PN 513) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, establishing the Child Reunification Program in the Department of Education (PDE) to assist in locating and returning missing children by providing identification kits. Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, and each school year thereafter, PDE shall provide, to the extent money is appropriated or otherwise available to the department for the purpose, a school entity with identification kits to be distributed to the parents and legal guardians of eligible children. Provides for posting of identification kits available and provides for distribution by no later than Nov. 15 by a school entity. Effective immediately.
SB462 (T) - An Act establishing the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program; and imposing powers and duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R)
Summary: (PN 462) The Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program Act establishes the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program and the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program Fund, imposes powers and duties on the Department of Education; and making a transfer. Provides for the administration of competitive grants by the department to adult education providers. Outlines the requirements for the grants and provides for the eligibility of adult education providers. Establishes the grant distribution guidelines to include the application form, allowed and disallowed expenses and the evaluation method. Provides for grants more than $500,000 for eligible applicants. Outlines the grant application procedures including, application requirements and the contractual relationship between the department and the applicant. Establishes an annual report requirement to the governor and to specific members of the General Assembly, including majority and minority chairpersons of the appropriations and education committees of both the House and Senate. Establishes the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program Fund within the State Treasury. Allocates $15 million from the General Fund to the newly established program fund. Provides for the allocation requirements of the money in the program fund as it is distributed in grant form to eligible applicants. Effective immediately.
SB469 (T) - An Act authorizing senior citizens to claim an exemption from tax increases as to certain real property; and providing for termination of the exemption.
Sponsor: Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D)
Summary: (PN 453) The Senior Citizens' Property Tax Freeze Act authorizes senior citizens to claim an exemption from tax increases as to certain real property; and providing for termination of the exemption. Provides a political subdivision that imposes a real property tax on residential property shall not increase the tax or the tax rate on the real property of an individual if the individual is 65 years of age or older, the individual currently resides on the property for which the exemption is claimed and has resided on that property for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to claiming the exemption, neither the individual nor any other person with whom the individual owns the property by joint tenancy, tenancy in common or tenancy by the entireties is currently claiming or otherwise receiving an exemption under this section as to other property located in this commonwealth and the individual's annual income, as defined in Chapter 13 of the Taxpayer Relief Act, is not more than $65,000. Directs individuals to apply for the exemption with the political subdivision that imposes the tax. Provides the exemption shall be terminated and the tax and tax rate shall become current upon sale or transfer of the property for which the exemption is in effect, further providing for exceptions if the sale or transfer is to a joint owner, tenant in common or tenant by the entireties who is 64 years of age or older at the time of the sale or transfer and otherwise entitled to claim the exemption. Directs the Department of Revenue (DOR) to reimburse political subdivisions annually for the difference between the real property taxes imposed upon individuals who receive exemptions under this act and the tax liability which would have been imposed if the exemptions had not been granted. Provides the act applies to the tax year beginning January 1, 2024 and all subsequent tax years. Repeals all acts and parts of acts insofar as they are inconsistent with this act. Effective immediately.
SB554 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in educational tax credits, further providing for school participation in program.
Sponsor: Sen. Lindsey Marie Williams (D)
Summary: (PN 554) Amends Public School Code, in educational tax credits, providing a participating nonpublic school shall have a written policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Effective immediately.
SB565 (T) - An Act amending Title 24 (Education) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in preliminary provisions, providing for student data privacy and protection; imposing duties on the Department of Education; and providing for penalties.
Sponsor: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R)
Summary: (PN 573) Amends Title 24 (Education) providing for educational entities to engage in restrained collection, safety and retention of privacy rights of students, parents and legal guardians. The act necessitates the hiring or designation of a chief data privacy officer within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as determined by the secretary of education, who will ensure that student data is safely contained within the state data system and develop policy to conform with applicable law. The act acknowledges that the student's data is their own and they may download or export any of their data that is held by the state data system, and eligible students may request inspection, transmittal, correction or expunction of the data. However, the act provides that third-party contractors may use student data for adaptive learning purposes, marketing, a recommendation engine to recommend content or services that relate to learning or employment, improve operability and functionality of the software, and disclose personally identifiable information when asked by the student or guardian. The act requires that school districts notify the chief data privacy officer within 24 hours when there is a security breach and notify students when their data has been breached; districts must then take action to determine the scope of the data breach and take all reasonable steps to notify affected individuals. Certain provisions are effective Aug.1, 2024, others immediately and the remaining provisions in 120 days.
SB568 (T) - An Act providing for school entity procedures for tick removal, for notification and for duties of the Department of Health and the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Rep. Marla Brown (R)
Summary: (PN 576) The Lyme Disease Prevention in Schools Act provides for school entity procedures for tick removal, for notification and for duties of the Department of Health and the Department of Education. In the event a school nurse or school physician discovers a tick on a student during the school day, the school nurse or school physician shall: (1) remove the tick from the student; (2) store the tick appropriately for a period of seven days; (3) label the tick with the date of removal and the name of the student; and (4) notify the parent or guardian of the student on the same day the tick is discovered. Effective in 60 days.
SB569 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for mandate waiver program.
Sponsor: Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R)
Summary: (PN 577) Amends the Public School Code, in preliminary provisions, providing for a mandate waiver program. Establishes a mandate waiver program to allow a governing body to adopt a resolution to apply to the department for a waiver of one or more provisions, regulations of the state board, standards of the secretary, policies or guidance of the department or any other provisions of law permitted to be waived to enable the school entity to improve instructional programs or operate in a more effective, efficient or economical manner. Effective in 60 days.
SB623 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, providing for parent educational information regarding eating disorders.
Sponsor: Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero (D)
Summary: (PN 664) Amends Public School Code, in school health services, providing for parent educational information regarding eating disorders. Requires school entities to annually provide parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in sixth grade through twelfth grade. Directs the Eating Disorders Task Force within the Department of Education (PDE) to meet two times per school year to assess the information provided to schools and parents. Effective in 60 days.
SB632 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school security, providing for school safety form.
Sponsor: Sen. Doug Mastriano (R)
Summary: (PN 670) Amends Public School Code, in school security, providing for school safety form. Directs school entities to provide written notice that a request form was received from the employees of the school entity or submitted by an employee of the school entity. Allows the employee granted a form to possess a firearm on the grounds of the school entity in the course of the employee's official duties. Outlines firearm training requirements. Requires school entities to annually submit to the Pennsylvania State Police and applicable municipal departments a list of names and phots of employees granted a school safety form. Provides definitions for chief school administrator, firearm, form, license to carry firearms, school entity and team. Effective in 60 days.
SB650 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in Safe2Say Program, further providing for definitions and for Safe2Say Program; in postsecondary institution sexual harassment and sexual violence policy and online reporting system, further providing for definitions, for policy for postsecondary institution sexual harassment and sexual violence and for online reporting system; and making an editorial change.
Sponsor: Sen. Jay Costa (D)
Summary: (PN 697) Amends the Public School Code, further providing for definitions to insert a definition for hate-based intimidation. Further providing for Safe2Say Program. And, in postsecondary institution sexual harassment and sexual violence policy and online reporting system, further providing for definitions, for policy for postsecondary institution sexual harassment and sexual violence and for online reporting system. Effective immediately.
SB661 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in educational tax credits, further providing for limitations.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 703) Amends the Public School Code, in educational tax credits, further providing for limitations to indicate the Department of Education (PDE) shall ensure tax credits under the act are approved in an equitable manner for contributions from business firms headquartered in each region of the state. Tax credits approved for contributions that are unclaimed shall be promptly re-allocated to business firms in other regions. Effective in 60 days.
SB678 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for blood donation education.
Sponsor: Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D)
Summary: (PN 748) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for blood donation education. Requires the Department of Education (PDE) to establish a unit of instruction for high school juniors and seniors regarding blood donation and develop and distribute appropriate educational materials and resources to educators and schools. Integrates the blood donation instructional unit within the health course of study. Delineates the components required within the blood donation instructional unit. Excuses students from participating in the blood donation instructional unit if there are religious objections. Protects such students from penalties based on the religious excuse. Requires a substitute unit of instruction to be provided to the student in such case. Requires the State Board of Education to promulgate the necessary regulations to implement the section. Effective in 60 days.
SB700 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, further providing for Career and Technical Instructional Certificate.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 1183) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for Career and Technical Instructional Certificate. Inserts definitions for use in the act. Strikes language related to the State Board of Education's duty to require an applicant to present evidence of at least four years of wage-earning experience or evidence of a minimum of 4,000 hours equivalent to two years full-time, of experience in the occupational area to be taught plus a baccalaureate degree. Adds that the Department of Education can issue a Career and Technical Instructional I Certificate to an individual seeking a position with the primary responsibility of teaching occupational skills. Outlines the eligibility requirements for an individual seeking the certification. Adds further definitions. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 877) (PN 877) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for Career and Technical Instructional Certificate; and abrogating regulations. Strikes language related to the State Board of Education's duty to require an applicant to present evidence of at least four years of wage-earning experience. Adds that the Department of Education can issue a Career and Technical Instructional I Certificate to an individual seeking a position with the primary responsibility of teaching occupational skills. Outlines the eligibility requirements for an individual seeking the certification. Adds further definitions. Effective in 60 days.
SB707 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, providing for military child advance enrollment.
Sponsor: Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R)
Summary: (PN 767) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, providing for military child advance enrollment to indicate a school district shall develop or revise policy on enrollment of students to allow a child of an active-duty member of the armed forces of the United States to transfer into or enroll within the school district the parent or guardian is stationed near and the parent or guardian must provide proof of residence to the school district within 10 days after the arrival date specified in the military order. Effective immediately.
SB714 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the STEM Grant Program; and making an appropriation.
Sponsor: Sen. Ryan P. Aument (R)
Summary: (PN 897) Amends Public School Code, providing for the STEM Grant Program; and making an appropriation. Adds definitions. Provides for the administration of the program and establishes application and notification requirements. Provides for awards and fees, which cannot exceed five percent of the total appropriation for the program for the administrative costs. Provides for the application content and acceptance requirements and procedures. Establishes grant awards, awarded by the secretary under the program after evaluating the applications. Adds that the selected administrator can use the funds to provide compensation to a participating nonpublic school for reimbursement for costs incurred during the previous school year for the services of an eligible education. Adds that an eligible educator receives the amount equal to the educator's hourly wage multiplied by the number of hours the educator teaches STEM classes at a nonpublic school. Allows the secretary to apportion the amount appropriated for the implementation of the article among the eligible educators in the event that sufficient money is not appropriated to fully fund the compensation. Provides limitations. Appropriates $1 million from the General Fund. Effective immediately.
SB750 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in high schools, providing for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott Martin (R)
Summary: (PN 972) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, providing for filing of Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Provides exemptions for students who do not file for FAFSA. Effective in 60 days (Prior Printer's Number: 827). (PN 827) Amends the Public School Code, in high schools, providing for filing of Free Application for Federal Student Aid as graduation requirement beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Effective in 60 days.
SB764 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, further providing for youth suicide awareness and prevention and providing for violence prevention and social inclusion.
Sponsor: Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero (D)
Summary: (PN 845) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for youth suicide awareness and prevention and providing for violence prevention and social inclusion. Provides for school personnel and student suicide awareness and prevention training. Requires a school entity serving grades six through twelve to provide students at least one hour or one standard class period each of evidence-based suicide awareness and prevention training and student safety and violence prevention training annually. Requires a school entity serving students in kindergarten through grade twelve with at least one hour or one standard class period of evidence-based social inclusion training annually. Requires the department to develop a list of evidence-based trainings and materials within one year of the effective date to fulfill the subsection requirements. Requires the department to make the list available on the department’s public website. Defines “evidence-based.” Requires school entities serving students in kindergarten through grade twelve to designate a student-led violence prevention club. Directs such clubs to sustain awareness activities relating to suicide prevention, violence prevention and social inclusion trainings and foster opportunities for student leadership development. Requires the department to apply for available federal or state funding for the purposes of improving school safety with subsections (a), (b) and (c). Provides definitions. Effective immediately.
SB780 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for health services and for vision screening and examinations, providing for eye health and vision examinations and further providing for examinations by examiners of own choice.
Sponsor: Sen. Chris Gebhard (R)
Summary: (PN 875) Amends the Public School Code, in school health services, further providing for health services and for vision screening and examinations, providing for eye health and vision examinations and further providing for examinations by examiners. Adds a vision screening to the health services. Strikes language pertaining to tests for tuberculosis and adds that a vision screening or eye health and vision examination is performed on an annual basis. Strikes language related to the certification from a primary care provider or vision screener that the child passed or failed the screening and replaces with an ophthalmologist or optometrist who provides the certification that the child passed or failed. Establishes eye health and vision examinations requirements and exceptions. Requires the parent or guardian to submit evidence that the child received an eye health and vision examination. Adds further definitions. Makes editorial changes. Effective in 60 days.
SB789 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Grant Program; and establishing the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Fund.
Sponsor: Sen. Lynda Culver (R)
Summary: (PN 885) Amends Public School Code, providing for the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Grant Program; and establishing the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Fund. Adds further definitions. Establishes the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Committee with the commission and outlines the membership requirements. Provides for four-year terms, and establishes quorum, meeting and cooperation requirements and guidelines. Establishes the Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time Grant. Provides for application and diversity requirements. Allows for subsequent applications by an institution for the grant. Excludes the grant money from being included when calculating the amount to be pair to a charter school. Provides for limitations. Adds that sustainability planning is not a necessary component of an application. Adds that the committee should prioritize maintaining grant awards under the program for the same purpose and amount as eligible providers received in the year prior and adds the expectation for institutions applying for the fourth consecutive year. Establishes the fund use and distribution guidelines. Allows the commission to use up to two percent of the money appropriated for the fund to the commission for the program to carry out the provisions of the act. Outlines the prioritization of grants. Establishes training, technical assistance and nondiscrimination requirements. Provides for audits of the program. Establishes reporting requirements and contents. Requires the commission to annually maintain a searchable registry on its website of eligible providers of out-of-school time programming that opt to be included. Adds that the committee establishes a process by which eligible providers may opt in to being listed in the registry. Effective July 1, 2023, or immediately, whichever is later.
SB795 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the Lifeline Scholarship Program and the Lifeline Scholarship Fund.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy Ward (R)
Summary: (PN 902) Amends the Public School Code, establishing the Lifeline Scholarship Program and the Lifeline Scholarship Fund with the 2023-2024 school year. Provides definitions. Provides for notice to parents and to the state treasurer. Requires the state treasury to develop an application form that can be accessed and submitted electronically. Provides for the application and approval process of applications. Requires an agreement to be made between the state treasury and the applicant following an application’s approval. Provides for the term, termination and renewal of the agreement. Provides for multiple agreements. Requires the state treasury to provide the parent with a written explanation of the authorized uses of the money in the lifeline scholarship account. Establishes a lifeline scholarship account for each scholarship recipient. Provides for deposits into and installments to be paid to such accounts. Provides for payments to participating nonpublic schools. Lists the qualified education expenses that lifeline scholarship account funds may be used for. Prohibits a participating nonpublic school from refunding, rebating or otherwise directly sharing any portion of the payment with the parent who made the payment. Exempts lifeline scholarship funds from taxable income. Establishes lifeline scholarships may not be construed to be an appropriation or financial assistance to a participating nonpublic school. Establishes the Lifeline Scholarship Fund within the state treasury and provides for its funding and continuing appropriation. Provides the state treasury with a list of responsibilities relating to lifeline scholarships. Allows the state treasury to contract with a third party to administer the program. Provides the auditor general with a list of responsibilities relating to lifeline scholarships. Imposes notification requirements upon participating nonpublic schools and prohibits such schools from charging a lifeline scholarship recipient a tuition rate, student-related fees or special education services fees that are higher than the rates the participating nonpublic school would have charged to a student without such a scholarship. Enables the state treasury to bar a nonpublic school from program participation should a nonpublic school fail to meet certain requirements with notice. Allows for nonpublic schools to appeal such action. Provides for the responsibilities of resident school districts in cooperating with participating nonpublic schools. Requires the state treasury to submit an annual report on the program. Details the required components of the annual report. Effective immediately.
SB801 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for evidence-based reading instruction.
Sponsor: Sen. Ryan P. Aument (R)
Summary: (PN 1359) Amends the Public School Code, added July 8, 2022 (P.L.620, No.55) providing for evidence-based reading instruction. Inserts definitions for use in the act. Establishes evidence-based reading instruction curriculum, further providing for department duties and school entity duties. Beginning July 1, 2025, a school entity shall screen each student enrolled in kindergarten through third grade three times a year for reading competency using a universal reading screener chosen from the list of approved universal reading screeners. Provides that a school entity should provide educators time during the contractual school day to complete tasks associated with the screener, communicate with families and any other responsibility required in this section, further providing for exceptions for students. Requires a list of universal reading screeners and structured literacy intervention approaches be made publicly available online by the department before December 1, 2024, further provides for qualifications for universal reading screeners. Requires the department to provide professional development on reading screening and literary intervention. Provides for qualifications in which a student is identified to be at risk for reading failure or deficiency. Establishes school entities develop reading intervention plans and set up a system for parental notification for students with reading deficiencies. Allows the department can apply for grants and establishes where funding can be found. Requires school entities to submit a report on the instruction and its curriculum, further providing for accessibility of the report and to whom it should be submitted. Effective in 90 days. (Prior Print Number(s): 898) (PN 898) Amends the Public School Code to provide for evidence-based reading instruction. Inserts definitions for use in the act. Beginning July 1, 2024, a school entity shall screen each student enrolled in kindergarten through third grade three times a year for reading competency using a universal reading screener chosen from the list of approved universal reading screeners. Requires school entities to submit a report on the instruction and its curriculum. Effective in 60 days.
SB826 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in talent recruitment, further providing for Talent Recruitment Account; establishing the Grow-Your-Own Educators Grant Program and grow-your-own educator career pathways; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta (D)
Summary: (PN 957) Amends the Public School Code, in talent recruitment, further providing for Talent Recruitment Account to outline distribution of money. Establishes the Grow-Your-Own Educators Grant Program to identify and encourage the development and implementation of evidence-based, high-quality grow-your-own educator career pathways which are designed to meet specific educator workforce needs of the community on a continual basis. Provides a list of pathways. Effective in 90 days.
SB839 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for Asian-American and Pacific Islander history instruction.
Sponsor: Sen. Maria Collett (D)
Summary: (PN 994) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, providing for Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history instruction. Requires the Department of Education (PDE) to develop a model curriculum for students in grades K-12 on AAPI history and allows schools to utilize the curriculum. Outlines topics that shall be included in the curriculum. Defines school entity. Effective in 60 days.
SB843 (Chapter 35) (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact.
Sponsor: Sen. David G. Argall (R)
Summary: (PN 1290) Amends the Public School Code to make extensive edits. (Prior Printer Number(s): 963, 1230, 1239) (PN 1239) Amends the Public School Code to make extensive edits. (Prior Printer Number(s): 963, 1230) (PN 1230) Amends the Public School Code to make extensive edits. (Prior Printer Number(s): 963) (PN 963) Amends the Public School Code, providing for Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact. Grants authority to execute the compact to the Governor of Pennsylvania. Adds definitions. Establishes that licensure under the compact pertains only to the initial grant of a license by the receiving state. Requires each member state to define, compile and update a list of Eligible Licenses and Career and Technical education licenses that the member state is willing to consider. Provides for application reviewal processes for specific teachers. Provides for licensure not under the compact, allowing each state to issue and regulate licensure within their authority. Establishes that each state maintains authority to review, regulate and require specific items for licensure. Establishes the teacher qualifications and requirements for licensure under the compact. Provides for adverse actions. Establishes the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact commission and outlines the membership and operation guidelines. Provides for the powers and duties of the commission including to promulgate uniform rules, bring and prosecute legal proceedings, purchase and maintain insurance and bonds, borrow accept or contact for services of personnel, hire employees, lease, purchase, accept appropriate gifts or donations, sell, convey, mortgage or otherwise dispose of any property, establish a budget, borrow money, appoint committees. Adds further duties. Establishes the Executive Committee of the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact Commission and outlines the membership, meeting and operating guidelines. Provides for the financing of the commission in accordance with its duties. Establishes reporting and information collection requirements. Provides for qualified immunity, defense and indemnification. Establishes the rulemaking requirements of the commission. Establishes the facilitation of information exchange. Provides for oversight, dispute resolution and enforcement by the executive and judicial branches of state government in each member state. Provides for default, technical assistance and termination of member states and outlines the requirements. Provides the dispute resolution requirements and guidelines. Provides for effectuation, withdrawal and amendment possibilities and outlines the requirements for each. Establishes that nothing in the act can prevent or inhibit the enforcement of law of a member state that is not inconsistent with the compact. Provides for additional reporting requirements for Pennsylvania. Provides that commissioners are not entitled to compensation but for reimbursement of reasonable expenses. Effective in 60 days.
SB853 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, prohibiting the integration of culturally relevant and sustaining education into education preparation, induction and continuing professional development programs; and abrogating regulations.
Sponsor: Sen. Michele Brooks (R)
Summary: (PN 961) Amends the Public School Code to prohibit the integration of culturally relevant and sustaining education into education preparation, induction and continuing professional development programs. Abrogates certain regulations. Effective immediately
SB856 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for minimum wage for education support professionals and for supplemental reimbursements and special payments on account of minimum wage increases for education support professionals; in duties and powers of boards of school directors, further providing for majority vote required and recording; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and for duty to employ, repealing provisions relating to minimum salaries for teachers and providing for minimum salaries for professional staff members; and, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, repealing provisions relating to special payments on account of minimum salary increases and providing for supplemental reimbursements and special payments on account of minimum salary increases for professional staff members.
Sponsor: Sen. Jim R. Brewster (D)
Summary: (PN 1009) Amends the Public School Code, providing for minimum wage for education support professionals and for supplemental reimbursements and special payments on account of minimum wage increases for education support professionals. Provides for majority vote required and recording in duties and powers of school directors. Specifies definitions throughout the act. Provides for the duty to employ. Repeals provisions relating to minimum salaries for teachers. Provides for minimum salaries for professional staff members, specifically increasing the minimum salary to $50,000 for the 2023-24 school year with annual increases of $2,500 each school year thereafter until it reaches $60,000 for the 2027-28 school year. Repeals provisions relating to special payments on account of minimum salary increases in reimbursements by commonwealth and between school districts. Provides for supplemental reimbursements and special payments on account of minimum salary increases for professional staff members. Effective immediately.
SB874 (T) - An Act providing for Commonwealth support for a Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness Program and an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Sponsor: Sen. James Dillon (D)
Summary: (PN 1041) The Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness Program and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program Act provides for commonwealth support for a Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness Program and an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program; and imposes duties on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Provides for General Assembly findings and declaration of purpose. Specifies definitions. Establishes the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness programs. Provides for the components and limitations of the programs. Provides for tax applicability. Develops an annual report that the agency shall publish and provides what it shall include. The provisions of this act shall be subject to 22 Pa. Code Ch. 121. Provides for loan forgiveness awards, including qualified recipients and documentation required. Specifies that loan forgiveness awards under this act may be made to the extent that funds are appropriated by the General Assembly and are sufficient to cover the administration of the programs. Further provides for funding. Provides that the agency shall administer programs established by this act and shall adopt regulations, policies, procedures and forms as are necessary and consistent with the provisions of this act. Effective in 60 days.
SB886 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in pupils and attendance, further providing for definitions and providing for mental health days.
Sponsor: Sen. John I. Kane (D)
Summary: (PN 1036) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, to alter the definition of excused absence. Provides for mental health days and indicates that no later than the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, each board of directors or governing body of a public, nonpublic or private school shall adopt policies to provide an excused absence from compulsory school attendance for a mental health day when the student's wellbeing is at risk due to mental or physical fatigue, regardless of whether the condition was diagnosed as a certified mental health-related condition. Excused absences under the act shall be categorized as a mental health day and students may use up to two consecutive days for a mental health day. Inserts definitions for the act. Effective in 60 days. (PN 1036) Amends the Public School Code, in pupils and attendance, to alter the definition of excused absence. Provides for mental health days and indicates that no later than the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, each board of directors or governing body of a public, nonpublic or private school shall adopt policies to provide an excused absence from compulsory school attendance for a mental health day when the student's wellbeing is at risk due to mental or physical fatigue, regardless of whether the condition was diagnosed as a certified mental health-related condition. Excused absences under the act shall be categorized as a mental health day and students may use up to two consecutive days for a mental health day. Inserts definitions for the act. Effective in 60 days.
SB907 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school security, providing for school security personnel.
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Regan (R)
Summary: (PN 1291) Amends the Public School Code, in school security, to provide for school security personnel. Provides that, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, a school entity shall have one armed school security personnel on duty during the school day at each school building, and each school entity must certify to the School Safety and Security Committee that an armed school security personnel satisfies the requirements of the act. Further specifies the duties of school safety and security coordinators and the commission. Implements powers and duties upon the school security personnel. Provides for waivers. Removes definition for “school campus” and defines “school building.” Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1072, 1182, 1240) (PN 1240) Amends the Public School Code, in school security, to provide for school security personnel. Provides that, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, a school entity shall have one armed school security personnel on duty during the school day at each school building, and each school entity must certify to the School Safety and Security Committee that an armed school security personnel satisfies the requirements of the act. Further specifies the duties of school safety and security coordinators and the commission. Implements powers and duties upon the school security personnel. Provides for waivers. Removes definition for “school campus” and defines “school building.” Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1072, 1182) (PN 1182) Amends the Public School Code, in school security, to provide for school security personnel. Provides that, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, a school entity shall have one armed school security personnel on duty during the school day at each school building, and each school entity must certify to the School Safety and Security Committee that an armed school security personnel satisfies the requirements of the act. Implements powers and duties upon the school security personnel. Removes definition for “school campus” and defines “school building.” Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number(s): 1072) (PN 1072) Amends the Public School Code, in school security, to provide for school security personnel. Provides that, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, a school entity shall have one armed school security personnel on duty during the school day at each school building., and each school entity must certify to the School Safety and Security Committee that an armed school security personnel satisfies the requirements of the act. Implements powers and duties upon the school security personnel. Inserts definitions for school campus and school day. Effective in 60 days.
SB926 (T) - An Act providing for State aid requirement for libraries relating to book removal and for prohibited removal of instructional materials and voluntary inquiry materials in public school entities.
Sponsor: Sen. Amanda M. Cappelletti (D)
Summary: SB 926 - (PN 1131) An Act providing for state aid requirement for libraries relating to book removal and for prohibited removal of instructional materials and voluntary inquiry materials in public school entities. Requires libraries subject to 24 Pa.C.S. Ch. 93 to adopt the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and develop a written statement that prohibits the library from banning books or materials to receive state aid. Prohibits municipalities from reducing funding for a library due to its compliance with subsection (a). Prohibits the removal of instructional materials or voluntary inquiry materials in public school libraries or classrooms due to partisan support, the author's demographics, the school board's personal views, the author's perspective, the demographics of the characters, content relevant to research, independent reading interests and educational needs of older students or content related to sexual health. Effective in 60 days.
SB930 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for student-weighted basic education funding.
Sponsor: Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D)
Summary: (PN 1088) Amends Public School Code, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for student-weighted basic education funding. Provides for the 2024-2025 school year, the amount of student-weighted basic education funding shall be equal to 50 percent of the school district's basic education funding allocation for the 2013-2014 school year. Effective immediately.
SB931 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for School District Shared Services Incentive Grant Program.
Sponsor: Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D)
Summary: (PN 1089) Amends the Public School Code to establish the School District Shared Services Incentive Grant Program (program) within the Department of Education (PDE) to provide grants to improve and enhance the capabilities of school districts through shared services activities between partners. Requires PDE to prepare and submit a report to the General Assembly with details on the program grant money. Effective in one year.
SB986 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, providing for certified point-of-use filter required; establishing the Safe Schools Drinking Water Fund; and making an interfund transfer.
Sponsor: Sen. Devlin J. Robinson (R)
Summary: (PN 1233) Amends the Public School Code of 1949, in grounds and buildings, by adding a section to provide for certified point-of-use filter required and detailing what each school entity shall do by Jan. 1, 2026; establishing the Safe Schools Drinking Water Fund as a separate fund in the state treasury with money in the fund appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a continuing basis for the purpose of awarding grants under this section; and making an interfund transfer. Further provides for what a school entity may do to comply with the provisions of subsection (a). Asserts that DEP shall develop a grant program for eligible school entities and provides what shall apply. Details that the department may award up to $10 million in grants each fiscal year for three fiscal years following the effective date of this section. Provides that DEP shall develop technical guidance for standards and regular maintenance of bottle-filling stations or drinking fountains with certified point-of-use filters. Provides that DEP, in consultation with the Department of Education (PDE) and the Department of Health (DOH), shall promulgate necessary rules and regulations. Specifies that DEP, PDE and DOH shall share information, databases and analyses and use risk assessment tools, data, mapping and any other information that is available to the departments to ensure that funding is targeted to school entities in this commonwealth with the most need to eliminate lead from school drinking water. Provides that nothing in this section shall be construed to place additional requirements on a school entity that, prior to the effective date of this subsection, has already taken measures which, in the judgment of the department, permanently eliminate the risk of elevated lead levels in the school entity’s water at all drinking water outlets. Specifies definitions. Effective in 60 days.
SB1055 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in intermediate units, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and providing for school social workers; and, in school health services, further providing for health services and providing for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses.
Sponsor: Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta (D)
Summary: (PN 1363) Amends the Public School Code, in intermediate units, repealing provisions relating to psychological services; in professional employees, further providing for definitions and providing for school social workers; and, in school health services, further providing for health services and providing for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses. Repeals Section 923.1-A related to Psychological Services. Provides for school social workers criteria, including holding an educational specialist certificate for school social workers issued by the Department of Education and provides exceptions. Requires the Department of Education to develop an educational specialist certificate for school social workers no later than 60 days after the effective date of the section. Adds a definition for “school entity.” Provides for the transference of student health record and prohibits a school entity from destroying a student’s comprehensive health record maintained for a period of at least two years after the student ceases to be enrolled, but at the discretion of the school entity, may surrender all or a portion of the record to the student’s parents or guardian if the student does not re-enroll in a school entity. Provides for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and school nurses and outlines the ratio for each type of service. Adds that a school entity must include in the student’s comprehensive health record documentation of social, emotional and behavioral data which a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker or school nurse has submitted. Establishes confidentiality of the health records and provides exceptions if necessary for the assessment of and intervention with the student. Adds further definitions. Effective in 60 days.
SB1057 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, providing for the Educational Freedom Act Program; and establishing the Educational Freedom Act Fund and educational freedom accounts.
Sponsor: Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D)
Summary: (PN 1367) Amends the Public School Code, providing for the Educational Freedom Act Program; and establishing the Educational Freedom Act Fund and educational freedom accounts. Provides definitions. Establishes the Educational Freedom Act Program beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, provides for parental and public notice of low-achieving school designations and requires school entities to submit a notice with a list of the students whose parents have been notified to the Treasury Department. Establishes application form submission and approval processes. Establishes requirements and terms of agreement and regulates terminations, renewals and multiple agreements for scholarship recipient agreements and authorizations. Requires the Treasury Department to provide a participating student’s parent with a written explanation of the authorized uses of the money in the educational freedom account and a notice regarding the rights of parentally placed private school children with disabilities. Provides for the establishment of and deposits into educational freedom accounts. Provides for deposit installment schedules and payments to participating nonpublic schools. Determines general rules regarding qualified and prohibited education expenses. Establishes the Educational Freedom Act Fund in the State Treasury with appropriated, given, granted or donated funds and $300,000,000 transferred from funds received under the Tax Reform Code of 1971. Sets relevant duties and responsibilities upon the Treasury Department. Provides for third-party program administration, contracting and regulations. Provides for the relevant duties of the auditor general. Provides for the relevant duties of participating nonpublic schools, which include notification, reporting and prohibition requirements. Provides for bars from participation for certain nonpublic schools. Provides for the duties of resident school districts. Requires the Treasury Department to submit an annual program report every January to the General Assembly. Effective in 60 days.
SB1097 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, establishing the Statewide Imagination Library Program and the Imagination Library of Pennsylvania Restricted Account; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.
Sponsor: Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta (D)
Summary: (PN 1414) Amends the Public School Code, establishing the Statewide Imagination Library Program to promote the development of a statewide initiative to encourage children from birth to five years old to gain a love for reading and learning and establishing the Imagination Library of Pennsylvania Restricted Account as a part of the General Fund; and imposing duties on the Department of Education, including administration and oversight of the nonprofit entities running the program. Defines account, department, eligible child, program and qualified local entity. Provides funding can come from a list of different revenues that will be deposited by the State Treasurer. Provides guidelines for allocation of the money given to the program. Requires money shall not lapse but instead be carried forward and appropriated to the next fiscal year and the close of the current year. Provides any interest accrued will remain in the account. Requires local entities to use allocated money to provide registered members with one age-appropriate book monthly at their home, at no cost to families. Provides for regulations if needed for the administration of the program. Requires a report to be submitted to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2025, and each subsequent January 1 thereafter. Provides details for what the report should encompass. Effective in 60 days.
SB1104 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for credit for employment at congregate care facility.
Sponsor: Sen. David G. Argall (R)
Summary: (PN 1423) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, adding a section to provide for credit for employment at congregate care facility. Provides that a student who is in grade 11 or 12 at a school entity or nonpublic school and who is employed at a congregate care facility may earn one elective credit toward graduation for each 350 hours worked, for a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation. Explains that the school entity or nonpublic school, in coordination with the Department of Education (PDE), shall develop an application process and form for the student seeking elective credit, stipulating what shall apply. Defines “congregate care facility,” “nonpublic school” and “school entity” as used in this section. Effective in 60 days.
SB1112 (T) - An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, providing for reimbursements for merged school districts.
Sponsor: Sen. Judy L. Schwank (D)
Summary: (PN 1418) Amends the Public School Code, in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, adding a section to provide for reimbursements for merged school districts. Stipulates what can be reimbursed. The act also calls for the Department of Education (PDE) to calculate the cost associated with a merger beginning in the first school year that commences after the merger and ending in the fifth school year thereafter. Effective in 60 days.