Below are the agendas for the PA House Education Committee hearings on July 27-28, 2011, which will be held from -3:30 PM in the first floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk at
. Temple University
The chairman has asked that testimony be focused on some or all of the following areas:
The majority of
’s children are, and will
continue to be, educated within the public school districts. However for approximately 5% of our
children, the traditional public school system is not meeting their needs or
addressing the concerns of their parents. Pennsylvania
What are the issues facing the traditional public schools that create problems for parents and children?
Are these issues regional and/or statewide?
What educational options currently exist for our parents to ensure their child is receiving an education that provides them with a solid foundation in order to live up to their potential?
An educational option available in other states is vouchers. In some areas of the State, this could prove to be a viable alternative for our children and their parents. Should vouchers be a part of providing educational alternatives to those children who are not being served within the traditional public school framework? Why or why not?
Should this option be limited to certain schools with certain problems? What are those problems? Can and should a voucher program be statewide?
What mechanisms should be included within such an open system that ensures accountability yet is cost effective and allows the schools to fulfill their stated mission?
Recognizing that charter schools are a viable option within the State’s public educational system:
Are they successful? How do they address the issues of truancy, drop outs, parental involvement?
How can successful models be transferred to other public schools, including the flexibility currently available to charter schools?
How can the system of charter schools be improved?
10:15-11:00 School Reform Commission-Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Lee Nunery
11:00-11:45 Mayor Nutter-Dr. Lori Shorr
11:45-12:30 Philadelphia Student Union-Baseerah Watson, Education Law Center-Baruch Kintisch , The Arc-Philadelphia- Bonnie Squires, Youth United for Change-Fred Ginyard
1:15-1:45 Unite PA-Sharon Cherubin and Don Adams
Archdiocese-Sister Edward Quinn, IHM and Mr. Jason M. Budd Philadelphia
2:15-2:45 Freedom Works
2:45-3:30 Students First Dawn Chavous, Raymond Zaborney
Federation of Teachers, Jerry T. Jordan Philadelphia
Education Coalition, Larry Feinberg Keystone State
11:30-12:00 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn
12:00-12:30 PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), Jack A. Myers,
Director of Business Operations,
1:15-2:00 PA Coalition of Charter Schools (PCCS),
Steven Lee Chester Community
Bob O'Donnell Mastery Charter Schools
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