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House Approves Tobash’s Education Reform Initiative
10/16/2014
HARRISBURG – The House unanimously passed Rep. Mike Tobash’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) House Bill 1816, which contains several education reform measures after being amended in the Senate last week.

House Bill 1816 establishes the Business Education Partnership, and allows educators to receive necessary continuing education credits when they visit certain manufacturing facilities. These visits would take educators to manufacturers for in-person tours and orientation programs in manufacturing facilities.

Like other continuing education credit programs, the school would have to approve and manage the visits. The credits would be open to teachers of all subjects, not just those in the technological fields. All teachers, regardless of subject, influence their students and advise them on their career goals, so an understanding of all available career paths has merit, Tobash said.

Additionally, House Bill 1816 was amended in the Senate to include language from Rep. David Maloney’s (R-Berks) “pass the trash” legislation. This measure prevents school employees in Pennsylvania who have been caught having sexual relationships with students from being hired by another school by requiring a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children.

“This is important child protection legislation that creates transparency in the hiring process of teachers,” Tobash said. “This measure will protect our most vulnerable demographic, our children.”

The bill also includes language from Rep. Stephen Bloom’s (R-Cumberland) bill to help potential future educators better determine their path to success. This measure requires education students to pass an entrance exam before entering a teacher preparation program.

“House Bill 1816 was a good piece of public policy when it unanimously passed the House in January, and I believe it is now a great bill now with the Maloney and Bloom additions,” Tobash said.

For more information on House Bill 1816, or any other state-related issue, contact Tobash’s district office in Schuylkill Haven by calling 570-385-8235. Information related to current state issues can also be found on RepTobash.com and Facebook.com/RepTobash.

Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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