Flynn, Policy Committee inspect education funding fairness

SCRANTON, July 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at the West Scranton Intermediate School to discuss fair education funding.

“There is a great disparity in the way education funds are allocated across the commonwealth. The students in the Scranton Area School District, and districts throughout Pennsylvania all deserve the same, equal opportunities to succeed in school,” Flynn said.

Flynn requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of education funds for Pennsylvania school districts. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

Sturla said, “As someone who has been a long-time advocate for fair education funding, I am appreciative that Representative Flynn wanted to showcase how northeastern Pennsylvanians also experience funding inequities like many school districts all over the state. We must continue to fight for this fairness.”  

Testifiers included Kelly Lewis, president & CEO of Lewis Strategic PLLC; Dr. Alexis Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton Area School District; Paul Duffy, chair of the board of Intergovernmental Committee for the Scranton Area School Board; and Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers Union.

This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy.More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.