Ullman to hold policy hearing on understanding charter school funding Monday in Doylestown

DOYLESTOWN, March 4 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on understanding charter school funding.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 at Bucks County Administration Building, Room 110, 55 E. Court St.

Ullman requested this hearing to collect testimony from both sides of the charter school funding issue, which will also include a discussion of Gov. Tom Wolf’s charter school reform plan in his proposed budget this year. Ullman will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current hearing agenda is:
      2 p.m.      Welcome and opening remarks    
      2:10 p.m.   Adam Schott, special assistant to the secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
      2:40 p.m.   Panel One of Local School Districts:
                         Dr. David Bolton, superintendent, Pennridge School District
                         Dr. William Harner, superintendent, Quakertown School District

                         Dr. John Kopicki, Superintendent, Central Bucks School District
                         Drew Bishop, business administrator, Palisades School District
      3:30 p.m.   Panel Two from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools:
                        Maurice Flurie, CEO, Commonwealth Charter Academy
                        Wendy Ormsby, director of organization development & founder, Souderton Charter School Collaborative
                        Ryan Schumm, leadership team member, Charter Choices
      4:20 p.m.   Closing remarks    

This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is 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.