Gainey, House Democratic Policy Committee explore quality education

WILKINSBURG, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hosanna House to discuss quality education in Pennsylvania, which is a main component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA.


Gainey was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, legislators from across the state, local education officials and advocates to discuss how stakeholders can work with state officials to improve quality education for all students. 


“Education is supposed to be the great equalizer; however, Pennsylvania is still the most inequitable when it comes to education funding. We need to work on leveling the playing field so that regardless of their parents’ income level, our kids have a chance at a bright future. I thank my colleagues and Chairman Sturla for joining me today to strengthen our Plan4PA and improve quality education in the state,” said Gainey.


Sturla added, “As we continue to talk about the Plan4PA, I’m glad to see a focus on education and Pennsylvania’s children. Investments in education are an investment in the state’s future and Representative Gainey realizes the importance of making sure all kids have access to a bright future through quality early learning and educational opportunities at every level of K through 12.”


Hearing testifiers included Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent of schools, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Ed Donovan, past president, Wilkinsburg Board of School Directors; Tiffini Simoneaux, early childhood manager in Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of Mayor William Peduto; and Angel Gober, lead organizer, One Pennsylvania.


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