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.


Vicki Wilken (Senator Browne)                                    (717) 787-1349

Dan Massing (Representative Vereb)               (717) 772-9845

Tim Eller (Acting Education Secretary Dumaresq)                (717) 783-9802