Gov. Wolf signs bill to expand pool of substitute teachers in Pennsylvania

The bill makes five major changes to help get substitute teachers into Pa. classrooms.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The lingering COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on schools across Pennsylvania, and it has specifically increased the need for substitute teachers.

Governor Tom Wolf says that's why he signed a bill to address that need for the rest of the current school year and for the next school year.

Among the changes:

-Retired teachers are now eligible to fill teacher vacancies on an emergency or short-term basis.

-Schools can use eligible college students and recent graduates of education programs to serve as substitute teachers.
-Educators with active Pennsylvania certificates and those with comparable out-of-state certificates can serve as day-to-day substitutes for 20 days, or longer under certain circumstances.

-Teachers with inactive certificates may substitute for 180 days instead of 90 days per school year.

-Individuals who are 25 or older, have at least 60 college credits or three years of experience as a paraprofessional, and complete training on classroom management, may serve as "classroom monitors" by delivering preplanned assignments for a teacher.

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