ACLU-PA Position: Supports
HB 1067 would amend the Public School Code to waive the citizenship requirement for teachers to allow qualified non-citizens—those with a valid immigrant visa, work visa or employment document—to be hired as teachers. HB 1067 would also amend the state certificates language by allowing a person holding a valid immigrant visa, work visa, or valid employment authorization document to be eligible to receive a state certificate or permit.
As Pennsylvania is facing a steep decline in its number of qualified teaching candidates, HB 1067 would help alleviate this shortfall, expand employment opportunities for qualified residents, and ensure that Pennsylvania's teachers better reflect the diversity of the students in their classrooms.
Check the bill's status here.