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March 2, 2015

Attend a Public Forum on School Funding

Learn how state funding issues have affected local school districts at a public forum near you. Partners in the Coalition for Fair Education Funding are organizing events around the state. Attend and learn how to advocate for a good foundation for the future of ALL of our children, regardless of their zip code.
First Evangelical Lutheran in Chambersburg hosted a well-attended forum in January. Read coverage of the event.

Four are planned in south-central Pennsylvania at this time. Two others are planned for Pittsburgh and Philadephia. All are free and open to the public. LAMPa will post as future events are scheduled. If your congregation would like to host or help organize a forum in your area, please contact LAMPa.

At three of these forums, panelists will make brief opening remarks to present how state funding issues have affected their school districts. Education Voters will share information about how people can advocate for fair and adequate state funding for all public schools. Panelist presentations will be followed by time for forum attendees to submit questions that moderators will ask the panelists. All legislators who represent school districts in the county have been invited to the forum so that they can learn about issues facing specific districts and better understand the concerns of voters in their own legislative districts.

Pre-registration is recommended, but not necessary. To register, please click here.

Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at Millersville University, Lancaster County
Education Voters of PA and the Millersville University Education on Location program will be co-hosting a forum about public school funding in Lancaster County on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at Millersville University, the Lehrer Room in the Bolger Conference Center.
Panelists for the forum include:

Dr. Brenda Becker, Hempfield Area SD, Superintendent
Dr. Bob Hollister, Elanco SD, Superintendent
Dr. Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor SD, Superintendent
Dr. Tim Shrom, Solanco SD, Business Manager 
Ms. Idette Groff, Conestoga Valley SD, School Board Member     
Mr. Tim Stayer, Ephrata Area SD, School Board Member 
Ms. Susan Gobreski, Education Voters of PA

York: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm to 8pm at the York Learning Center, 300 E. 7th Avenue, York.



Panelists for the forum include:
Dr. Emilie Lonardi, West York SD, Superintendent
Dr. Scott Deisley, Red Lion Area SD, Superintendents
Mr. Brian Geller, Northeastern York SD, Director of Operations 
Mr. Troy Wentz, Hanover Public SD, Business Manager     
Mrs. Ellen Freireich, York Suburban SD, School Board Member     
Mr. Eric Wolfgang, Central York SD, School Board Member
Guest Panelist: Mr. Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators
Moderated by: Ms. Susan Spicka, Education Voters of PA

Cumberland County: Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center, 340 North 21st Street, Camp Hill. 

Panelists for the forum include:
Mr. Richard Fry, Big Spring SD, Superintendent
Mr. John Friend, Carlisle Area SD, Superintendent
Dr. Mark Leidy, Mechanicsburg Area SD, Superintendent
Ms. Christine Hakes, Camp Hill Area SD, Business Manager
Mr. Matt Franchak, school board member, East Pennsboro SD, School Board Member     
Guest Panelist: Mr. Dave Patti, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Business Council
Moderated by: Ms. Susan Spicka, Education Voters of PA

The Education Policy and Leadership Center will conduct three regional forums on Gov. Wolf’s Wolf’s Proposed Education Budget for 2015-2016    Space is limited. There is no cost, but an RSVP is required.

The program will include a state budget overview presented by Ron Cowell of EPLC and a representative of the PA Budget and Policy Center. The presentations are followed by comments from panelists representing statewide and regional education and advocacy organizations. Comments from those in the audience and a question and answer session will conclude the forum.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015– EPLC Education Policy Forum on the Governor’s State Budget Proposal for Education – 8:30-11 a.m. – Hilton Harrisburg – Harrisburg, PA – RSVP by clicking here
Thursday, March 19, 2015– EPLC Education Policy Forum on the Governor’s State Budget Proposal for Education – 8:30-11 a.m. – Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – Pittsburgh, PA – RSVP by clicking here.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015– EPLC Education Policy Forum on the Governor’s State Budget Proposal for Education – 10 a.m.-12 Noon – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA – RSVP by clicking here.

There is no cost, but please let us know if you register and later decide you cannot attend the event, so that we do not order too much food and drink and make more handouts than necessary.

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