FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
State Rep. Jake Wheatley
Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing
on school vouchers Wednesday in Pittsburgh
HARRISBURG, March 22 – House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing on school vouchers in Pennsylvania from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 23 in the Kurtzman Room at the University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Union Building, 3959 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh.
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, who serves on the House Education Committee, will co-chair the hearing.
The current hearing agenda is:
Ø Ira Weiss, solicitor, School District of Pittsburgh
Ø John Tarka, president, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
Ø Marianne Neel, president, Pennsylvania School Board Association
Ø Dr. Ronald Sofo, superintendent, Freedom Area School District
Ø Dawn Chavous, executive director, Students First
Ø Randall Taylor, former member, Pittsburgh City School Board
Ø Otto Banks, executive director, REACH Alliance and Foundation
Ø Phillip Murren, attorney, Ball, Murren & Connell
Ø Matthew Brouillette, president, Commonwealth Foundation
Ø Sandra Zelno, school reform associate, Education Law Center
Ø Sara Rose, staff attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
Ø Shauna D'Alessandro, education committee member, PA State Conference of NAACP Branches
Ø Lynn Foltz, member, PA State Conference of NAACP Branches
Ø Christine Stone, state public affairs chairwoman, National Council of Jewish Women Inc.
Ø Dr. Ronald Bowes, superintendent for public policy and development, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ø Sean Berger, student, North Catholic High School
Ø Sam Siple, president, Eden Christian Academy
Ø Miriam Hixon, parent, Penn Christian Academy
Ø Dan Kraut, CEO, Hillel School
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.