Bills Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate
26, 2013- Howard Ondick
Allegheny County lawmaker is pushing a package of education reform bills
including a measure that would require all future charter school teachers to be
certified by the state.
speaker is Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County, sponsor of the legislation
that addresses education accountability issues involving charter schools, cyber
charter schools, teacher certification and the need for high-quality
package of education reform legislation sponsored by Senator Brewster includes
a moratorium on the approval of any new charter or cyber charter school by the
State Charter School Appeal Board or any new cyber charter school by the
Department of Education.
“My legislation (Senate Bill 1204) would halt
the approval of any new charter or cyber charter by the state appeals board or
the Department of Education,” Brewster said. “The moratorium would not be
applicable to any charter or cyber charter that is currently in operation or
Brewster’s education package also includes a measure (Senate Bill 1202) that
requires teachers who are newly hired by charters to be certified. Teachers who
currently work at a charter school but who do not possess state certification
would not be impacted by the legislation.
“My legislative package tries to make cyber
charters and charters more accountable and it addresses areas where we can
improve education for all children,” Senator Brewster said.
in Senator Brewster’s plan is legislation (Senate Bill
that creates the Prepare All Kids program which is intended to use federal
dollars to generate voluntary, high-quality pre-kindergarten opportunities for
measure (Senate Bill 1201) would create a pool of educators and support staff
to be available to fill openings in nearby school districts if a school is
forced to close.
“This reform package would move Pennsylvania’s
school districts and charters in the right direction by putting a child’s
education above all else,” said Senator Brewster.
four bills have been referred to the Senate Education Committee for