EPLC EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Monday , December 9 , 2013

EPLC Education Notebook, December 9, 2013

…The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate reconvene in voting session on Monday, December 9 at 1:00 PM.

House of Representatives

On December 3, the House Education Committee held a hearing to discuss teacher tenure and economic furlough legislation, specifically the proposals in House Bill 1722 (Rep. Timothy Krieger, R-57), House Bill 1735 (Rep. Ryan Aument, R-41), and House Bill 779 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-196).

HB 1722 would amend the Public School Code to allow districts to furlough for economic reasons that require a reduction in professional employees. Districts would be permitted to base furlough decisions first upon performance evaluation within the employee’s areas of certification, then by seniority. HB 1722 would also increase the time it takes for a teacher to receive tenure from three years to five years.

HB 1735 would amend the Public School Code to allow districts to furlough for economic reasons as part of a plan to reduce or control school district costs. Educators rated as “distinguished” in their most recent performance evaluation under the new teacher evaluation tool would be the last to be considered when furloughing and the first to be considered when reinstating. HB 1735 would not take effect until July 2015 when the new evaluation system is fully implemented.

HB 779 would amend the Public School Code to allow districts to furlough for economic reasons based upon educational program needs, the employee’s professional certifications, or performance evaluations within the affected program area. Reinstatement would also be based upon multiple factors and qualifications.

All three proposals would prohibit a collective bargaining agreement from including provisions that conflict with the legislation….

For more information, links, and comment on these controversial bills, see EPLC Education Notebook, December 9, 2013

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