Phillips-Hill's teacher bill clears Pa. House

Greg Gross

A bill that would ease teacher certification requirements for members of the military, veterans and their spouses cleared the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday and is now in the Senate.

The bipartisan measure, House Bill 2078, was jointly sponsored by Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, and Pam DeLissio, D-Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. It received unanimous support in the House.

The bill would expedite the teacher certificate application process by the state Department of Education for members of the military, veterans and their spouses. It also limits administrative fees paid to the state to a $25 professional discipline fee and a $10 certification fee.

As lawmakers worked to move the bill through the legislative process, the Department of Education took matters into its own hands last month when it announced a new policy that does what the bill proposes to do.

Under the policy, applications for teacher certification from veterans, military members and their spouses will be sped up and a reduced fee will be imposed. The change in policy was spurred by the bill.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.