This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Traditional public schools and charter schools don’t have the same rules when it comes to teacher certifications, but one new proposal would bring the two types of schools a little closer together.
All professional staff at traditional public schools in Pennsylvania are required to be certified by the state. Contrast that with charter and cyber-charter schools, which are only required to have 75 percent of their teachers state-certified.
Forthcoming legislation from State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery, would increase that requirement to 80 percent.
"I believe that requiring a higher percentage of charter and cyber-charter school professional staff to hold state certification will help ensure that students attending such schools receive a quality education," wrote Murt in a memo to colleagues.