HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would help address the state’s teacher shortage by simplifying the process for out-of-state teachers to receive certification.  Senate Bill 224 would allow PA residents who are teaching in other states and new residents who have recently moved to PA to become eligible for a comparable in-state instructional certification. PA has seen a 66% decline in newly issued in-state instructional teaching certificates since 2010. Bill sponsor, Washington County Sen. Camera Bartolotta says those numbers need to be addressed. The bill also would grant PA certification to any candidate who holds a valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or has a qualifying score on equivalent content tests toward the Department of Education’s testing and certification requirements.