Pashinski, Policy Committee examine education funding in Pa.

WILKES-BARRE, April 7 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from leaders in education, along with state officials, concerning funding for education in Pennsylvania at a hearing requested by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne.  

The meeting was held at Wilkes University and focused on Gov. Tom Wolf’s "Schools that Teach" plan, which is part of the governor’s three-step approach to strengthen the commonwealth.

Pashinski said the governor’s proposal will not only help restore funding for education in two years, it will also reduce school property taxes by more than 50 percent to homeowners.

"The governor’s plan is truly a win-win for the people of Pennsylvania," Pashinski said. "House Democrats and I believe this proposal is a strong investment to provide a solid education and better future for the youth of this commonwealth and connect the economic improvements to a quality education.

"Gov. Wolf’s budget also provides property tax relief, which will help rebuild the middle class in this state."

Pashinski co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as House Democratic Policy Committee chairman.

"As a former educator, Rep. Pashinski has always been an advocate for quality education," Sturla said. "By initiating this hearing, he is showcasing his strong support in Gov. Wolf’s plan for moving Pennsylvania in an upward and positive direction for the citizens in his district and those throughout the state."

Those testifying at the hearing included: David Volkman, executive deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Dr. Bernard Prevuznak, superintendent, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; Dr. Andrew Kuhl, superintendent, Hanover Area School District; Anthony Grieco, executive director, Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18; Susan Gobreski, executive director, Education Voters of Pennsylvania; and Jeff Ney, northeastern regional president, Pennsylvania State Education Association.