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
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
- 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.
- 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
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