At an unsettling time for parents, students and teachers, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill that gives several options to the state’s secretary of education.
Senate Bill 751 includes allowing for the state’s 180-day requirement for schools to be waived, as well as the option for the secretary to close all schools until the threat the coronavirus pandemic has ended.
Waiving the 180-day requirement is critical because officials said the school year must end June 30, when schools fiscally close.
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Officials said ensuring seniors can graduate is a top priority.
“We’re gonna do whatever we need to do to make sure those students are given the resources and the access they need to graduate, but to graduate prepared as well. So, they’re at the top of our agenda,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said.
Among other things, the bill also ensures any school employee working as of March 13 will continue to be paid and that schools continue to receive state funding
The bill goes to Gov. Tom Wolf next.
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