Please click here to see links to the PowerPoint presentations presented at EPLC’s Education Policy Forums in February and March 2017.
In February, Governor Wolf delivered his 2017-2018 state budget proposal to the General Assembly. EPLC held four forums in various regions of Pennsylvania, as early opportunities to get up-to-date information about what is in the proposed education budget, the budget’s relative strengths and weaknesses, and key issues. The forums were held in Pittsburgh, the Harrisburg Area (Enola), Philadelphia, and in the Lehigh Valley (Schnecksville).
A fifth forum was scheduled for March 14 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It was cancelled due to snowy weather, but it will be rescheduled.
Each of the forums took the following basic format. Ron Cowell of EPLC provided an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget for early education, K-12 and higher education. The overview was followed by remarks from a panel representing statewide and regional perspectives concerning state funding for education and education related items. The speakers discussed the impact of the Governor’s proposals and identified the key issues that will likely be considered during this year’s budget debate.