PA-Educator.net, a clearinghouse created to assist school districts in hiring teacher candidates in Western Pennsylvania, became operational in March 1999. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit led a group of intermediate units, school districts, colleges and universities, and other organizations in the creation of this innovative program.
The program expanded in July of 2000 to include interested school districts and intermediate units throughout the Commonwealth who pay a modest annual fee to use the system. Use of this innovative web site is free to applicants. This project is owned and coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and was originally funded by grants from The Grable Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, and the Buhl Foundation.
PA-Educator.net is an online clearinghouse designed to improve the application process for Pennsylvania certificated and non-certificated professional school applicants interested in working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. School administrators find applicants by posting jobs on the website to which applicants are able to send their application and credentials instantly to the interested administrators. School administrators can also search the database using specific criteria such as certification area(s), minimum GPA, years of experience, degree level, complete file, etc., to find the best available candidates.