Basic Education Funding Commission to hold public hearing at Community College of Allegheny County on Tuesday

The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold a hearing beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, at the Community College of Allegheny County, West Hills Center, 1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071-1099, according to Commission Co-Chairs Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Vereb.

Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Thomas Ralston, Superintendent of the Avonworth School District; Dr. Patrick O’Toole, Superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District; Linda Hippert, Executive Director of Allegheny Intermediate Unit; Maureen McClure, Associate Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh School of Education; Patrick Dowd, Executive Director of Allies for Children; David W. Patti, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Business Council; and, Cheryl Kleiman, Education Law Center, Pittsburgh Office.

The Basic Education Funding Commission is tasked with developing and recommending to the General Assembly a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania school districts. The new formula will take into account relative wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support as well as other factors. The commission is currently holding hearings around the state, gathering testimony and information from a wide-range of advocates and experts in the education field, before making its recommendations to the legislature.

Note: The media is cordially invited to attend and cover this event.

Contact:        

Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne) vwilken@pasen.gov                                    (717) 787-1349

Dan Massing (Representative Vereb) dmassing@pahousegop.com               (717) 772-9845

Tim Eller (Acting Education Secretary Dumaresq) tieller@pa.gov                (717) 783-9802

 

Other State Formulas & Weights, Level of Local Support, and Taxing Capacity

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing

Other State Formulas & Weights, Level of Local Support, and Taxing Capacity

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Perkiomen Valley High School
509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426


Open Remarks – Co-Chairs Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Vereb

10:05 a.m.

Dr. Janet Samuels
Superintendent of the Norristown Area School District

Dr. Clifford Rogers
Perkiomen Valley School District

Dr. David Goodin
Superintendent of the Spring-Ford Area School District

Dr. David Zerbe
Superintendent of the Methacton School District

11:05 a.m.

Dr. David Woods
Superintendent of the Oxford Area School District

Dr. Alan D. Fegley
Superintendent of the Phoenixville Area School District

Dr. Curtis Griffin
Superintendent of the Hatboro-Horsham School District

Dr. Curtis Dietrich
Superintendent of the North Penn School District

12:05 p.m.

Mike Griffith
School Finance Consultant
Education Commission of the States (ECS)

Funding Issues Related to Rural School Districts

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing

Funding Issues Related to Rural School Districts

September 30, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Gemmell Student Complex
840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214


Open Remarks – Co-Chairs Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Vereb

11:05 a.m.

Joseph Bard, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

11:35 a.m.

Michael Stahlman
Superintendent of Clarion Area School District

Jean McCleary
Superintendent of Union School District

Amanda Hetrick
Superintendent of Forest Area School District

12:30 p.m.

Ron Cowell, President
Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)

 

Basic Education Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing

Basic Education

September 9, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Parkland School District Administration Building, 1210 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA

 


Opening Remarks – Co-Chairs  Senator Browne and Representative Vereb

10:05 a.m.
Marguerite Roza
Director, Edunomics Lab
Research Associate Professor
Georgetown University
The Productivity Challenge for States

11:05 a.m.
Dr. Mary Anne Wright
Superintendent of the Northwestern Lehigh School District (Rural)

Dr. Russ Mayo
Superintendent of the Allentown School District (Urban)

Mr. Michael Faccinetto
Bethlehem Area School District Board President (Urban/Suburban)

Mrs. Roberta Marcus
Parkland School District Board President (Suburban)
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BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION TO HOLD LEHIGH VALLEY HEARING

WHAT:          The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold its second hearing to discuss state education funding.

WHO:             The 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission, led by co-chairs Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Vereb.

Those scheduled to testify include:

  • Marguerite Roza, Director of Edunomics Lab and Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University
  • Dr. Mary Anne Wright, Superintendent of Northwestern Lehigh School District
  • Dr. Russ Mayo, Superintendent of Allentown School District
  • Mr. Michael Faccinetto, School Board President for Bethlehem Area School District
  • Mrs. Roberta Marcus, School Board President for Parkland School District

WHEN:          September 9, 2014 at 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:       Parkland School District Administration Building, 1210 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA

Note: We invite the media to attend and cover this event.

Contact:        

Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne) vwilken@pasen.gov – 717-787-1349

Dan Massing (Representative Vereb) dmassing@pahousegop.com – 717-772-9845

Tim Eller (Secretary Dumaresq) tieller@pa.gov – 717-783-9802

 

Basic Education 101 Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing

Basic Education 101

August 20, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Senate Hearing Room #1, North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA


Open Remarks – Co-Chairs

10:05 a.m.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Acting Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq
Deputy Secretary Nichole Duffy

11:05 a.m.

Pennsylvania Association School Business Officials (PASBO)
Executive Director, Jay Himes

Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA)
Executive Director, Jim Buckheit

BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION TO HOLD FIRST HEARING

WHAT:          The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold its first hearing on the current funding of education and the formula used to distribute state funding to Pennsylvania school districts.

WHO:             Basic Education Funding Commission, co-chaired by Senator Pat Browne and Representative Mike Vereb.

Those scheduled to testify include:

  • Carolyn Dumaresq, Acting Secretary of Education
  • Nichole Duffy, Deputy Secretary of Administration
  • Jay Himes, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association School Business Officials (PASBO)
  • Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA)

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:       Senate Hearing Room #1, North Office Building, State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA

Note: We invite the media to attend and cover this event.

Contact:        

Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne) vwilken@pasen.gov – 717-787-1349
Matt Moyer (Senator Browne) mmoyer@pasen.gov – 610-821-8468 (Tuesday) & 610-349-2879 (Wednesday)
Brian Kadunc (Representative Vereb) bkadunc@pahousegop.com – 717-705-7164
Tim Eller (Secretary Dumaresq) tieller@pa.gov – 717-783-9802

BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION ORGANIZES AND BEGINS WORK

The Basic Education Funding Commission held its inaugural and organizational meeting today (July 24) and is now ready to begin its work developing an adequate and fair system for distributing state money to local school districts, according to Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

During the commission’s first meeting, Senator Browne and Representative Vereb were elected to co-chair the commission. The commission also set its next meeting for August 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the North Office Building, Hearing Room 1 in the State Capitol in Harrisburg. This meeting will mark the first time the commission will hear testimony related to funding of basic education in the Commonwealth.

“We expect to undertake a comprehensive study of a number of factors and listen to a wide-range of testimony over the upcoming months,” Senator Browne said. “We are looking to develop realistic parameters that will ensure that every school district receives the funding required to properly provide a high-quality education to its students. I look forward to working with Rep. Vereb and the rest of the commission to accomplish that goal.”

The 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission is tasked with developing and recommending to the General Assembly a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania school districts. The new formula will take into account relative wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support as well as other factors.

“In a single word, this commission is about fairness,” said Vereb. “I want to work to establish fairness so that students in every area of Pennsylvania have access to a quality education. We recognize tax dollars are a limited resource and our responsibility is to find the best way to use the dollars that are available.”

Act 51 of 2014, sponsored by Representative Bernie O’Neill, called for the Basic Education Funding Commission to make its recommendation within a year of it being signed into law. Governor Corbett signed this legislation into law on June 10, 2014. The recommendations of the commission will not go into effect, however, without approval of the legislature and the signature of the Governor.

Other members of the Senate serving on the commission include Senator Mike Folmer, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Senator Andrew Dinniman, Minority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee; as well as Senators Matthew Smith, Lloyd Smucker and Robert Teplitz.

Other state Representatives serving on the commission include Representative Paul Clymer, Chairman of the House Education Committee; Representative James Roebuck, Minority Chairman of the House Education Committee; as well as Representatives Mark Longietti, Donna Oberlander and Mike Sturla.

Representing the Corbett Administration on the commission are Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq; Charles Zogby, Secretary of the Budget; and, Nichole Duffy, Deputy Secretary of Education.

Last year, a Special Education Funding Commission, which was also co-chaired by Senator Browne, held seven meetings throughout the state over seven months and heard testimony from more than 50 witnesses before making a recommendation in December to the General Assembly for the creation of a new special education funding formula for increased state funding for special education.

Contact:              

Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne) vwilken@pasen.gov – 717-787-1349

Matt Moyer (Senator Browne) mmoyer@pasen.gov – 610-349-2879

Brian Kadunc (Representative Vereb) bkadunc@pahousegop.com – 717-705-7164

Basic Education Funding Commission to Hold Organizational Meeting

WHAT:      The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold its inaugural and organizational meeting. Created by Act 51 of 2014, the 15-member commission is tasked with developing and recommending to the General Assembly a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania school districts.

WHO:        Members of the Basic Education Funding Commission.

WHEN:      Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:   East Wing, Room 8 E-B
State Capitol, Harrisburg

Note: We invite the media to attend and cover this event.

Contact:              

Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne) vwilken@pasen.gov – 717-787-1349
Matt Moyer (Senator Browne) mmoyer@pasen.gov – 610-349-2879
Brian Kadunc (Representative Vereb) bkadunc@pahousegop.com – 717-705-7164
Tim Eller (Secretary Dumaresq) tieller@pa.gov – 717-783-9802