Schweyer named Education Committee majority chairman

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today announced that he has been appointed to serve as the majority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee.

“It is truly an honor to be appointed by Speaker McClinton to serve as chairman of the Education Committee,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “Educating our children is one of the most important priorities of any legislator and as the parent of two children attending the Allentown School District, I have seen and experienced overcrowded classrooms, outdated and worn out buildings and the massive inequities between wealthy and low-income school districts. I am looking forward to working in a bipartisan manner to craft meaningful and beneficial legislation that gives every Pennsylvania student the chance to learn and succeed.”

The Education Committee reviews bills that address educational funding for 500 school districts, community college and higher education institutions, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more.

In addition, the committee reviews legislation that would impact the Department of Education, numerous boards, including the State Board of Education, State Public School Building Authority and Public School Employees Retirement System, as well as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association and the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education.

Schweyer represents the newly drawn 134th Legislative District which serves portions of the City of Allentown, the Borough of Emmaus and portions of Salisbury Township.