§ 26-2603-B. Powers and duties of the board
Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: June 28, 2019
Effective: June 28, 2019
24 P.S. § 26-2603-B
§ 26-2603-B. Powers and duties of the board
(a) The board shall have the power, and its duty shall be, to review the statements of policy, standards, rules and regulations formulated by the Council of Basic Education and the Council of Higher Education, and adopt broad policies and principles, and establish standards governing the educational program of the Commonwealth.
(b) The board and the Secretary of Education shall jointly employ and fix the compensation of such staff as it deems necessary to perform the duties of the board. The board shall be entitled to legal counsel which shall be designated by the Office of General Counsel, which legal counsel shall not also be legal counsel to the Department of Education.
(c) The board shall develop an annual operating budget, including projected operating expenses of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission. It shall include salaries for staff, office materials and equipment, and all expenses for the operation of the board and commission. This budget shall be presented to the Secretary of Education. Upon adoption of the general appropriations act, the department shall notify the board of the amount of its allocation.
(4)(i) apply for, receive and administer, subject to any applicable regulations or laws of the Federal Government or any agency thereof, any Federal grants, appropriations, allocations and programs for the development of academic facilities on behalf of the Commonwealth, any of its school districts or any institution of higher education, public or private, within this Commonwealth;
(ii) subject to criteria developed by the Secretary of Education and subject to any applicable regulations or laws of the Federal Government or any agency thereof, to develop, alter, amend and submit to the Federal Government State plans for participation in Federal grants, appropriations, allocations and programs for the development of academic facilities and to make regulations, criteria, methods, forms, procedures and to do all other things which may be necessary to make possible the participation of the Commonwealth in such Federal grants, appropriations, allocations and programs for the development of academic facilities;
(9) require the submission of long-range plans from all public and private institutions of higher education at the times and in the form requested by the board. Such documents shall be reviewed by the Council of Higher Education and the board in the development of a master plan for higher education as provided in subsection (h) and section 2604-B(c)(1);1
(10)(i) Approve or disapprove standards proposed by the department in order to comply with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 20012 to maintain the eligibility of this Commonwealth to receive Federal funding for education programs. The board shall approve or disapprove the standards within 30 days of submission to the board's office or at its next scheduled meeting, whichever is sooner. Failure of the board to approve or disapprove the standards within the time established under this section shall be deemed an approval of the standards.3
(e) With regard to State-owned institutions, approval or disapproval by the Secretary of Education under the provisions of clauses (5) and (6) of subsection (d) shall not be made until after recommendation by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education, whenever such recommendation is deemed necessary or required by law.
(g) With regard to approval by the Secretary of Education under the provisions of clauses (5) through (8) of subsection (d), no action to be financed wholly or in part from State appropriations shall be taken by an institution of higher learning (i) prior to the next fiscal year or until the General Assembly approves the Governor's budget for the next fiscal year, and (ii) prior to the Governor and the Secretary of the Budget being provided with written notification of such approval, including projected five (5) year fiscal analysis and an explanation as to the necessity for the proposed action in relation to the master plan for higher education.
(i) Every ten (10) years, the board shall adopt a master plan for basic education which shall be for the guidance of the Governor, the General Assembly, and all public school entities. The master plan shall consider and make recommendations on the following areas, and any other areas which the board deems appropriate:
(j) The board shall request from and receive publicly at a scheduled meeting recommendations of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission pertaining to teacher certification, professional practices, accreditation of teacher-education programs and long-range plans affecting these subject areas. When such recommendations are received, the board shall consider and review these recommendations during the development of any statements of policy, guidelines, standards or rules and regulations as they relate to the above subject areas. If such recommendations are not received in a timely fashion, the board may continue to develop and adopt statements of policy, guidelines, standards or rules and regulations in these subject areas.
1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XXVI-B, § 2603-B, added 1988, March 30, P.L. 321, No. 43, § 5, imd. effective. Amended 2002, June 29, P.L. 524, No. 88, § 31, imd. effective; 2003, Dec. 23, P.L. 304, No. 48, § 37, imd. effective. Reenacted 2004, July 15, P.L. 722, No. 82, § 4, retroactive effective June 30, 2003. Amended 2017, Nov. 6, P.L. 1142, No. 55, § 20, imd. effective; 2019, June 28, P.L. 146, No. 18, § 21, imd. effective.
24 P.S. § 26-2604-B.
See 20 U.S.C.A. § 6311 et seq.
On Sept. 19, 2002, the State Board approved standards necessary to comply with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C.A. § 6301 et seq., as proposed by the Department. See 32 Pa.B. 5151, Oct. 12, 2002. See, also, 32 Pa.B. 6030, Dec. 7, 2002.
24 P.S. § 26-2603-B, PA ST 24 P.S. § 26-2603-B
Current through 2023 Regular Session Act 1. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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