Murt Legislation to Expand Dual-Degree Education Program Time Frame
2/5/2020
HARRISBURG – The House has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) to give students the appropriate time to complete their dual-degree program and obtain their education certifications.

“Students who began their dual-degree program in the fall of 2018, will not be able to complete the program that they already started because the special education certification will change six months before they graduate,” Murt said. “The bottom line is Act 82 did not provide a transition system or allow for certification overlap.”

House Bill 2046 would delay implementation of Act 82 special education certification by one year, starting Dec. 31, 2022, rather than Dec. 31, 2021. The extended timeframe will allow students who began a dual-degree, four-year program in the fall of 2018 to complete their elementary and special education coursework.

“This legislation will allow that transition time so that these students will be able to receive their certificates they have been working so hard to obtain, instead of having to forgo them just six months before they graduate,” Murt said.

The legislation is now being considered by the state Senate.

Representative Thomas P. Murt, Ed.D.
152nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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