Pennsylvania Department of Education Approves Council Rock School District Mandate-Waiver Application

Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Education

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting Education Secretary
 Charles B. Zogby today announced his approval of the Council Rock School
 District request for a mandate-waiver under the Education Empowerment Act.
     Council Rock in Bucks County sought relief from provisions of the school
 code that limit the amount of time a certified teacher could serve as a day-
 to-day substitute outside of his or her certificate area.
     "Council Rock is the third district to seek relief from substitute
 requirements," Zogby said.  "With this waiver, Council Rock will better be
 able to effectively staff their classrooms and provide continuity for their
 students."
     Zogby's approval extends from 15 to 30 the number of days a certified
 teacher can serve as a substitute in each area outside of his or her
 certificate area.
     For example, an individual who holds a teaching certificate in math would
 be able to serve as a substitute science teacher for up to 30 days without
 emergency certification.
     Council Rock is the 12th district to receive relief under the mandate-
 waiver law, which Gov. Tom Ridge signed last May.
     The Education Empowerment Act gives all Pennsylvania school districts the
 opportunity to apply to the Department of Education for waivers from state
 educational mandates if they believe the waiver will enable them to improve
 instruction, or to operate more effectively, efficiently or economically.
     Before being submitted to the Department of Education, the application
 must be adopted by a resolution of the school board or board of control at a
 regularly scheduled meeting.
     Some statutes, regulations and standards cannot be waived, including those
 protecting students' health, safety and civil rights; certain special-
 education regulations; prevailing wage; collective bargaining; and federal
 regulations.
     Districts may apply for relief from certain school-construction or
 renovation requirements, for example.  Or, they might seek relief from some
 reporting or paperwork requirements.
     It is up to each district to prepare an application and submit it to the
 Department of Education for review, and each request is reviewed on an
 individual basis.
     In its application, a school district must outline how the waiver will
 enable it to improve its instructional program or operate in a more effective,
 efficient or economical manner.  The district also must determine that the
 implementation of the waiver will be consistent with the terms of any court
 order, collective-bargaining agreement or contract by which the district is
 bound.
     The Education Empowerment Act also will help more than a quarter-million
 children in Pennsylvania's lowest-performing schools get the quality education
 they need and deserve -- through powerful new management tools and $25 million
 to make needed improvements.
     For more information, visit the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or
 directly at www.pde.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Jodie Daubert or Dan Langan, 717-783-9802, both of the
 Pennsylvania Department of Education.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting Education Secretary
 Charles B. Zogby today announced his approval of the Council Rock School
 District request for a mandate-waiver under the Education Empowerment Act.
     Council Rock in Bucks County sought relief from provisions of the school
 code that limit the amount of time a certified teacher could serve as a day-
 to-day substitute outside of his or her certificate area.
     "Council Rock is the third district to seek relief from substitute
 requirements," Zogby said.  "With this waiver, Council Rock will better be
 able to effectively staff their classrooms and provide continuity for their
 students."
     Zogby's approval extends from 15 to 30 the number of days a certified
 teacher can serve as a substitute in each area outside of his or her
 certificate area.
     For example, an individual who holds a teaching certificate in math would
 be able to serve as a substitute science teacher for up to 30 days without
 emergency certification.
     Council Rock is the 12th district to receive relief under the mandate-
 waiver law, which Gov. Tom Ridge signed last May.
     The Education Empowerment Act gives all Pennsylvania school districts the
 opportunity to apply to the Department of Education for waivers from state
 educational mandates if they believe the waiver will enable them to improve
 instruction, or to operate more effectively, efficiently or economically.
     Before being submitted to the Department of Education, the application
 must be adopted by a resolution of the school board or board of control at a
 regularly scheduled meeting.
     Some statutes, regulations and standards cannot be waived, including those
 protecting students' health, safety and civil rights; certain special-
 education regulations; prevailing wage; collective bargaining; and federal
 regulations.
     Districts may apply for relief from certain school-construction or
 renovation requirements, for example.  Or, they might seek relief from some
 reporting or paperwork requirements.
     It is up to each district to prepare an application and submit it to the
 Department of Education for review, and each request is reviewed on an
 individual basis.
     In its application, a school district must outline how the waiver will
 enable it to improve its instructional program or operate in a more effective,
 efficient or economical manner.  The district also must determine that the
 implementation of the waiver will be consistent with the terms of any court
 order, collective-bargaining agreement or contract by which the district is
 bound.
     The Education Empowerment Act also will help more than a quarter-million
 children in Pennsylvania's lowest-performing schools get the quality education
 they need and deserve -- through powerful new management tools and $25 million
 to make needed improvements.
     For more information, visit the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or
 directly at www.pde.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Jodie Daubert or Dan Langan, 717-783-9802, both of the
 Pennsylvania Department of Education.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Department of Education