Public hearing on needed K-12 education reforms in eastern Pennsylvania

Senate Education Committee

Monday, April 19, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)

Public hearing on needed K-12 education reforms in eastern Pennsylvania


9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.          Opening remarks

Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee

Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee                                         

9:05 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Introductory Remarks

Hannah Barrick, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials – Testimony

Allyson Batista, Parent, Philadelphia County – Testimony

Eileen Cannistraci, Chief Executive Officer, Insight PA Cyber Charter School – Testimony

Aaron Chapin, Vice President, Pennsylvania State Education Association – Testimony

Stefanie D’Amico, Parent, Delaware County – Testimony

Keisha Jordan, Executive Director, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia – Testimony

Sherri Landis, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania – Testimony

Kevin McCoy, Student, TECH Freire Charter High School in Philadelphia – Testimony

Brian Mcelwee, Chairman, Independence Mission Schools – Testimony

Dr. Penny Nixon, Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, Universal Schools, African American Charter School Coalition – Testimony

Lawrence Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Richard Allen Charter School, African American Charter School Coalition

Marie Sahou, former student, Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School – Testimony

Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, Superintendent (Ret.), East Penn School District – Testimony

Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Sherri Smith, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education – Testimony

Danielle Mariano, Deputy Secretary for Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Education

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Questions and Open Discussion

12:00 p.m.                          Adjournment

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