HB 1816 has been passed by the Pennsylvania legislature and awaits Gov. Corbett’s expected signature, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
The bill requires that anyone who applies to work directly in or around schools would have to provide detailed background information from all previous employers, including contact information, in order to be considered for employment. In turn, previous employers would have to provide the inquiring school entity with all requested background information regarding a former employee, explicitly pertaining to abuse allegations.
The bill also would require explicit disclosure from the applicant during the initial application process. The applicant is now required to indicate whether or not they have ever been disciplined, discharged, non-renewed, asked to resign from employment or separated from employment while allegations of such abuse or sexual misconduct were pending or under investigation.
The bill would apply to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth.
House Bill 1816 also would encourage teaching and learning in manufacturing and vocational fields and outlines when an assessment of basic skills would be required of an applicant for teacher certification.