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Legislature approves PSEA-backed, bi-partisan bill to ease substitute teacher shortage
Today, the General Assembly approved bipartisan legislation that will help get more substitute teachers into public school classrooms and address the substitute teacher shortage that is stretching educators and support professionals to the breaking point. Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign the bill.
For the past week, PSEA has been working with lawmakers and Gov. Wolf’s administration on the details of this plan. While it won’t solve every problem associated with the substitute teacher shortage, it is a very significant step in the right direction, because it:
There are many people in Pennsylvania who will make good substitute teachers. This bill will help give them the opportunity to become substitutes and broaden the pool of substitutes available to school districts.
Here’s what you need to know about House Bill 412:
Where we started
House Bill 412 was introduced in early 2021 by Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) to proactively address the substitute teacher shortage. PSEA worked collaboratively with Rep. Gleim on the development of this legislation in 2020 and 2021. As the substitute teacher shortage worsened, we worked with Rep. Gleim and other lawmakers on this plan.
This is a solid plan that will help ease the substitute teacher shortage
This legislation is a solid step forward, because it will allow more Pennsylvanians to become substitutes during the current crisis. Getting more competent and responsible adults into our schools and classrooms will help ease the burden on PSEA members everywhere.
We commend the bipartisan group of senators and representatives who helped to get this done.
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