FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
State Rep. Madeleine Dean
House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing
on impact of education funding cuts Wednesday in Abington
ABINGTON, July 13 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to explore the impact of funding cuts on Pennsylvania’s schools and the potential consequences of the recurring cuts in the 2012-13 state budget from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn State Abington, Sutherland Building Auditorium, 1600 Woodland Road, Abington.
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, requested the hearing and will serve as its co-chairman. State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, plans to attend.
The hearing will focus on the effect state funding cuts have had on schools and students as well as how local districts are operating with a continued decline in state aid. The recently approved state budget did not include additional reductions in state funding, but it did maintain the billion dollars cut from the 2011-12 state budget.
The current hearing agenda is:
· 10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
· 10:10 a.m. – Panel one:
Ø Dr. Leigh Altadonna, assistant superintendent, Abington School District
Ø Dr. Michael Pladus, superintendent, Upper Dublin School District
Ø Susan Arnhold, school director, Abington School District
Ø Mark Miller, school director, Centennial School District
Ø David Robinson, school director, Upper Dublin School District
· 11:10 a.m. – Panel two:
Ø Baruch Kintisch, director of Policy Advocacy, Education Law Center
Ø Vanessa Good, secretary, Upper Dublin Education Foundation
Ø Judith Evans, head of Career Education, The Pathway School
Ø Kathleen Joyce, parent of child with Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
Ø Michael Evans, graduate of Abington High School and IEP student
· 12:10 p.m. – Closing remarks
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.