EPLC Education Notebook

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

    Pennsylvania Education Policy Activity

  • Last week, the Senate passed legislation ( Senate Bill 792) appropriating $40.811 million in operating funds to the Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) for FY 2007-2008. SB 792 has been re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee met to hear testimony concerning Governor Rendell's education agenda on Tuesday (May 1). For more information about the meeting, contact the office of Committee Chair Gibson Armstrong at (717) 787-6535.

  • Also on Tuesday (May 1), the Senate Education Committee passed multiple bills that require annual reporting on certain education initiatives. Senate Bills 805, 806, 807, 808 and 813 require the Department of Education to annually report to the General Assembly on the operation of the education assistance program (tutoring), Classrooms for the Future (high school laptop initiative), Science - It's Elementary (improving elementary level science instruction), Project 720 (high school reform initiative), and E-Fund Grants (educational technology). Each bill has been re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    The Committee also adopted two resolutions at its May 1 meeting. Senate Resolution 91, urging the President and Congress to increase funding for special education, was subsequently adopted by the full Senate. Senate Resolution 101, designating May 8, 2007 as Early Care and Education Action Day, was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • On Wednesday (May 2), the Senate Education Committee convened a public hearing on security at Pennsylvania's higher education institutions. For more information, contact the office of Committee Chair James Rhoades at (717) 787-2637.

  • Information about the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including details on contacting your local state representatives and locating bills cited in this Notebook, is available at www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm.


  • Mike Conallen, chief of staff for former Delaware County Congressman Curt Weldon, has been named Regional Representative for the U.S. Secretary of Education. Conallen serves in the USDE's Philadelphia office.

  • Datebook

  • This Week...The House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee holds a public hearing Wednesday on the school start date. The House Education Committee gathers in Sharon on Wednesday for a public hearing on legislation establishing the Common Cents program (House Bill 1021) and travels to Erie on Thursday for a public hearing on legislation establishing Technical Colleges (House Bill 965). The Task Force on School Cost Reduction meets Wednesday. EPLC hosts a Pennsylvania Education Policy Forum - Southeastern Pennsylvania Breakfast Series on Friday. For information on these and other upcoming events, see www.eplc.org/calendar.html.

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