Rapp Continuing Education Mandate Relief Legislation Passes House

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) to temporarily lift the public education mandate requiring professional development for certified school teachers and administrators (Act 48 of 1999) passed the state House today. 

“House Bill 1363 would provide some long-overdue relief to the professional development mandate of which serious questions have been raised regarding whether our public school professionals and, ultimately, our children are truly benefiting from this multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded program,” said    Rapp.  “This legislation gives Pennsylvania school districts a cost-cutting strategy to balance their budgets and even less of an excuse to raise taxes on local property owners.”  

Specifically, House Bill 1363 would grant a two-year moratorium on the 180 hours of continuing education required every five years for Pennsylvania public school certificate holders.   However, the decision on whether to relax the continuing education requirement will be left up to local school districts. 

Nothing in House Bill 1363 prevents public school teachers or administrators from continuing their education, but school districts would have the option of choosing not to pay for this program during the two-year moratorium.    In addition, House Bill 1363 does not apply to any continuing education training deemed necessary by the Pennsylvania Department of Education or the federal government. 

“Although passage of this legislation could represent more taxpayer savings in the final 2011-12 state budget, the purpose of this moratorium is to give local districts the extra level of flexibility necessary to address their most important fiscal priorities while still providing quality academic programs,” said Rapp.   “House Bill 1363 is all about assisting our school districts to spend taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible manner in light of current economic reality.” 

House Bill 1363 now moves on to the Senate for consideration.   For the latest legislative updates, visit RepRapp.com

State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Ty McCauslin

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