Senate Votes to Extend Program Helping Schools Find Substitute Teachers

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania schools could have additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under a bill approved by the state Senate today, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), who supported the bill.

Lawmakers created a program in 2016 that allowed individuals training to be teachers to serve as a substitute teacher, provided the individual has valid clearances and at least 60 credit hours. However, the program is set to expire on June 30.

Senate Bill 381 would make this temporary program permanent. As a result, schools, intermediate units and career and technical schools can ensure qualified substitutes are available to meet the needs of students.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.