Committee Approves Five Bills

HARRISBURG (April 19, 2017) –  The Senate Education Committee today approved five bills, including legislation intended to improve transparency and legislation expanding access to vocational education and school resources to students.

Senate Bill 88 (Greenleaf) – The legislation would amend current law to prohibit censorship of an American or Pennsylvania historical document based on any religious content. The bill would allow documents or portions of documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutions of Pennsylvania and the United States; Acts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and of the United States Congress, etc. to be used, read or posted in their entirety regardless of whether such documents contain religious references.

Senate Bill 93 (Greenleaf) – The legislation would amend current law to provide that a pupil of a home education program or a private tutoring program shall not be refused admission to courses held in additional schools or departments such as a vocational school. Under current law, a school district is not required to provide dual enrollment for homeschooled students.

Senate Bill 273 (Rafferty) – The legislation would prohibit any form of state funding to any public or private institution of higher education that designates itself as a “sanctuary campus”, refuses to share information about undocumented students, or in any way impedes the federal government’s ability to enforce federal immigration laws.

Senate Bill 383 (White) – The legislation would authorize school boards to allow certain school employees to access firearms on school property and further enhance security measures when emergencies arise. If a local board decides to establish such a policy, any person so authorized must at a minimum have a license to carry a concealed firearm; and maintain a current certification in the use and handling of a firearm.

Senate Bill 592 (Stefano) – The legislation would amend current law to require that when a school board extends an offer of employment for a district superintendent, assistant district superintendent, associate superintendent, or any principal, it must first post the terms of employment on the school district’s public website.

For media inquiries specific to pieces of legislation, please contact the prime sponsor:

Senator Stewart Greenleaf: (717) 787-6599
Senator John Rafferty: (717) 787-1398
Senator Don White: (717) 787-8724
Senator Pat Stefano: (717) 787-7175

For all other media inquiries, please contact Andrew Armagost at (717) 783-3563 or email aarmagost@pasen.gov.