Legislation and Department Regulations
The Pennsylvania Legislature regularly passes laws that directly impacts the day to day operations of local education agencies (LEAs). Once new legislation is passed and then signed by the governor the Pennsylvania Department of Education creates regulations and policies aimed at helping LEAs understand and comply with new legal requirements. One of our roles here at DCIU is to provide LEAs with an awareness of and trainings on new laws and regulations. This page is dedicated to providing resources and information about new and pending legislation.
Act 82: Educator Effectiveness
Act 82 of 2012 passed on June 30, 2012. This act is the basis for the PDE Educator Effectiveness program and established a new system of professional evaluation for state certified teachers, administrators and non-teaching professionals. In July 2015 PDE conducted a two day refresher training for all interested LEAs.
Further information can be found the websites of both DCIU
Act 71: Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Act 71 was signed into law on June 26, 2014. This act requires school entities to: (1) adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy; and (2) provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in building serving students in grades 6-12.
Further information can be found on PDE's website – PDE Resources
Senate Bill 880: Keystone Exams as Graduation Requirement
SB 880 is pending legislation that moves the requirement of passing the Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology, Literature) back two years to start with the 2019 graduating class. SB 880 was passed unanimously in the Senate on June 15 and referred to the House on June 24. The House is recessed until August so further action is on hold.
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