Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

2012 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

The 2012 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium was held on Friday, November 16, 2012 in Harrisburg.  The program included the following presentations:

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

A Growing Challenge: Pennsylvania Public School Employee Pension Update
Jeffrey Clay, Executive Director, Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS)

Panel Discussion: PASA – PASBO Survey on the Impact of  Funding Cuts
Wanda M. Erb, Business Manager, Northern Tioga School District
Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials
Robert A. Schoch, PRSBA, Director of Business Administration, North Penn School District

Panel Discussion: Property Tax Reform Efforts in Pennsylvania
David Davare, Director of Research Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Matthew Knittel, Director, Independent Fiscal Office

Pennsylvania Budget and Finance Review                       
Sharon Ward, Executive Director, PA Budget and Policy Center

Panel Discussion: School District Financial Recovery (Implementation of Act 141 of  2012)                      
Michael Churchill, Of Counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Karen Molchanow, Executive Director, State Board of Education

The 2012 Education Finance Symposium was supported by grants from William Penn Foundation, Falk Foundation, and the Fulfilling the Dream Fund.


2011 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

The 2011 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011.  The program included the following presentations:

“Promoting Student Achievement in Tough Budget Times” – Allan Odden, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, School of Education at University of Wisconsin; Co-Director, Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin; Co-Director at Strategic Management of Human Capital

Panel Discussion – “Effects of 2011-2012 State Budget”
Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Jim Estep, Superintendent, Mifflin County School District
Wayne McCullough, Director of Administrative Services, Southern York County School District

“A National Perspective: Education Finance in the States and the National Equity and Excellence Commission” – Michael Rebell, Professor and Executive Director of The Campaign for Educational Equity, at Teachers College, Columbia University

Legislative Panel: “Significant Education Funding Issues Looking Forward to the 2012-2013 State Budget”
Jeffrey Miller, Budget Analyst (R), House Appropriations Committee, Office of Representative Adolph
Debbie Reeves, Senior Budget Analyst (D), House Appropriations Committee, Office of

The 2011 Education Finance Symposium was supported by grants from William Penn Foundation, Falk Foundation, and the Fulfilling the Dream Fund.


2010 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

EPLC’s annual Education Finance Symposium was held on November 18, 2010 at Wildwood Conference Center on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. Please see below for agenda information, and presenter names and links to their PowerPoint presentations.

Pennsylvania Update: Status Report on PA K-12 Funding Reform; Impact of 2010-11 State Budget; and Fiscal Forecasting for 2011-12 Budget

Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Sharon Ward, Executive Director, PA Budget and Policy Center

National Perspective: “Is School Funding Fair: A National Report Card” from the Education Law Center (New Jersey)
David G. Sciarra, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center (New Jersey)

Panel Discussion: Building on Recent Progress: Where Can We Go with K-12 Funding Issues in Context of New PA Political Fiscal Conditions?
Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials
Susan Gobreski, Executive Director, Education Voters PA

The Old and the New: Remarks by Governors’ Policy Leaders
Donna Cooper, Former PA Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Rendell
Dr. Paula Hess, Senior Advisor to the Republican Leader, PA House of Representatives

Panel Discussion: A Broader View of the “Education” Budget – Let’s Not Forget Early Education, Higher Education, Libraries, Arts, Museums, and more
Dr. Winston Cleland, Policy Analyst, PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Barbara Franco, Executive Director, PA Historical and Museum Commission
Carol Obando-Derstine, Executive Director, Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley
Rep. Steve Samuelson, Chairman, PA House of Representatives Committee on Aging and Older Adult Services, Subcommittee on Care and Services and Vice Chairman, Committee on Children and Youth
Carrie Wissler-Thomas, President, Art Association of Harrisburg

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