News Release (Mar 18, 2015)
ALLENTOWN, March 18 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from education experts and school superintendents about the need to properly invest in community schools in the region and across the state, at a meeting convened at the request of state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh.
"The last four years of failed policy has led to the loss of more than 400 teachers from our community schools, it has caused property taxes in Allentown to increase more than 20 percent, and in the end, our children suffer from a lack of opportunities," Schlossberg said. "We need to ensure our teachers have the tools to educate our children to prepare them for a modern workforce and a knowledge-based economy. As we heard here today, the only way to do that is by properly investing in our community schools."
Held at the Community Services for Children, the meeting participants included: David Volkman, acting deputy secretary of Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Jane Ervin, executive director, Community Services for Children; Richard Sniscak, superintendent, Parkland School District; C. Russell Mayo, superintendent, Allentown School District; Sandi Gackenbach, president, Parkland Education Association; and Deb Tretter, president, Allentown Education Association.