State Senator Matt Smith / Let’s reform education funding
Kelley named one of 11 "circuit riders"
As a father, grandfather, businessman and city of Pittsburgh resident, I am elated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement regarding the $250 million preschool development grants competition. Mr. Duncan’s visit hit home — literally, since he met with children attending my Hill District neighborhood’s Hug Me Tight Child Life Center (“City Gears Up to Seek Federal Aid to Boost Early Childhood Education,”Aug. 14). The grants confirm this administration’s commitment to early childhood education and our country’s future. It also illustrates challenges many children face when entering kindergarten unprepared to do their best, because they did not attend preschool.
Welcome back to school,
The bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission established under Act 51 of 2014 has begun a series of hearings across the state, and you’re invited to join the Listening Tour hosted by PSBA, the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA), and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) as it follows the panel to each location this fall.
The first tour stop will be on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 from 4-6 p.m., at the Broughal Middle School, 114 W. Morton St, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Click here to register for the free event. Other tour dates will be announced as the BEF Commission finalizes the dates and locations for its hearings. The comments and suggestions from the Listening Tour will be compiled and submitted to the Commission early next year.
PSBA Website August 5, 2014