Meeting to consider SB 766, SB 1243, SB 1277, SB 1278, HB 2169

Senate Education Committee

June 21, 2022 | 12 Noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 766, SB 1243, SB 1277, SB 1278, HB 2169

Schedule

Senate Bill 766 (Bartolotta) – An Act establishing the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program and Fund. 

  • Amendment A04960 (Martin/Williams)

Senate Bill 1243 (Gebhard) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require completion of a economics and personal finance course to graduate high school.

  • Amendment A04680 (Martin)

Senate Bill 1277 (Aument) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require school entities adopt a policy for notifying parents and guardians of sexually explicit materials available in the school and options to prevent and provide alternatives to their child viewing the sexually explicit materials.

Senate Bill 1278 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require school entities adopt a policy for parental notification and communication regarding student well-being and screenings, and addresses classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.

House Bill 2169 (Owlett) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to establish the Lifeline Scholarship Program.

  • Amendment A04232 (Martin)
  • Amendment A04905 (Martin)
  • Amendment A04560 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04268 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04269 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04290 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04847 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04664 (Brooks)
  • Amendment A04903 (Brooks)

Meeting to consider House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution Number 1

Senate Education Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 |Off the floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution Number 1

Schedule

House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution Number 1– Disapproving the Department of
Education regulations on charter schools and cyber charter schools.

Senator Martin’s Bill Increasing Graduation Pathways Advances

HARRISBURG – The Senate Education Committee approved legislation today that closes a scoring loophole for the Keystone Exams, Chairman Scott Martin (R-13) said.

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the General Assembly passed legislation which provided a proficient score for waived Keystone exams in response to major disruptions in our schools,” Martin said. “Students excused from taking a Keystone exam in 2020 should not be inadvertently prevented from pursuing one of our state’s graduation pathways.”

In 2018, the legislature expanded opportunities available to students to meet the statewide requirements to graduate high school, including a three-score composite option via the Keystone exams. Students earning a combined score of 4,452 on the Algebra, Biology and Literature tests qualify, so long as they achieve a “proficient” level on at least one exam and no less than “basic” on the others.

In 2020, the federal government waived statewide assessments and the state legislature adopted Act 136, which assigned students an automatic “proficient” on all waived exams, but no numerical score. As such, students impacted by the waiver can’t apply for the three-score composite pathway without retesting.

“We need to act to create a temporary pathway for students impacted by the waiver and provide this much needed remedy to our students and schools,” Martin said.

Senate Bill 1244 now advances to the full Senate for consideration.

 

CONTACT: Terry Trego, 717-787-6535

Meeting to consider SB 1244, HB 972 and HB 1041

Senate Education Committee

May 24, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1244, HB 972 and HB 1041

Schedule

Senate Bill 1244 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to create a two-score composite graduation pathway for students impacted by Act 136 of 2020.

House Bill 972 (Gleim) – Establishes the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

House Bill 1041 (Topper) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require a school district permit home education students’ participation in co-curriculum activities and area career and technical education programs.

  • Amendment A04244

Meeting to consider SB 1191

Senate Education Committee

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Off the Floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1191

Schedule

Senate Bill 1191 (J. Ward) – Establishes the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

Meeting to consider SB 232

Senate Education Committee

Monday, February 7, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Room 8E-A, East Wing

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 232

Schedule

House Bill 232 (Mustello) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to create a process for a school district of the 3rd class within a 4th or 6th class county to change its name.

  • Amendment A03651 – Establishes a September 1, 2022 sunset provision.

 

 

Meeting to consider SB 527

Senate Education Committee

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 527

SCHEDULE

Senate Bill 527 (Regan) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to provide for conditional automatic increases to the amount of available tax credits in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.

  • Amendment A02870

Meeting to consider bills

Senate Education Committee 

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Off the Floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider bills

Schedule

Senate Bill 931 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to exclude pandemic relief payments from the definition of household income.

Senate Bill 932 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to include concurrent enrollment programs in the definition of school-related fees.

Senate Bill 933 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to allow certain official representatives on the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors to vote.

Senate Bill 934 (Dush) – An Act requiring school entities to display the Preamble of the PA Constitution.

Senate Bill 935 (Martin) – An Act requiring school entities to display the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. 

Senate Bill 937 (Brooks) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to prohibit requirements for children to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend school.

Meeting to consider bills and a letter to the IRRC

Senate Education Committee 

Monday, November 8, 2021 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Meeting to consider bills and a letter to the IRRC

Schedule

Senate Bill 527 (Regan) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to provide for conditional automatic increases to the amount of available tax credits in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.

  • Amendment A02870

House Bill 1660 (Sonney) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to revise the temporary emergency provisions available to a board of school directors.

  • Amendment A02864

House Bill 1642 (White) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to increase the amount of education scholarships for students attending economically disadvantaged schools.

  • Amendment A02819

Letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission on Proposed Regulation #6-349

Joint public hearing on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education update regarding the latest report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020

JOINT HEARING

Senate Appropriations Committee AND Senate Education Committee

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


AGENDA

Joint public hearing on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education update regarding the latest report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020

Schedule

Act 50 NE Final Report

Act 50 West Final Report

Public hearing to discuss the proposed regulation #6-349 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education on charter schools and cyber charter schools

Senate Education Committee 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1


Agenda

Public hearing to discuss the proposed regulation #6-349 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education on charter schools and cyber charter schools

Schedule

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Opening remarks

Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee
Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee

10:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Panel #1

Dr. Sherri Smith, Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Adam Schott, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Jess Sites, Director, Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Julie Kane, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Department of Education         

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel #2

Tina Chekan, Chief Executive Officer, Propel Charter Schools – Testimony, Testimony 1, Testimony 2

Lawrence F. Jones Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School – Testimony

Dr. Renee Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer, Charter School for Excellence – Testimony

Roberto Datorre, Executive Vice President of Operations, Commonwealth Charter Academy – Testimony 1, Testimony 2

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

Jane Swan, Chief Executive Officer, Reach Cyber Charter School – Testimony

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel #3

Allison S. Petersen, Esq., Levin Legal Group, Pennsylvania School Boards Association – Testimony 1, Testimony 2

Dr. Andrew L. Armagost, Director of Advocacy and Analytics, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials – Testimony

1:00 p.m.

Adjournment

Additional Testimony

Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools – Testimony

Education Law Center – Testimony

The Public Cyber Charter School Association – Testimony

Meeting to consider HB 1332 and HB 1660

Senate Education Committee 

Monday, October 18, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A

Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 1332 and HB 1660

Schedule

House Bill 1332 (Lewis) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require a school entity post certain curriculum information online.

  • Amendment A02575

House Bill 1660 (Sonney) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to revise the temporary emergency provisions available to a board of school directors.

  • Amendment A02581

 

Meeting to consider SB 603, SB 786 and SB 846

Senate Education Committee 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Meeting to consider SB 603, SB 786 and SB 846

 AGENDA 

Senate Bill 603 (Brooks) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to establish procedures for removing a tick from a student and provide information on Lyme disease.

  • Amendment A02165

Senate Bill 786 (Aument) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to permit additional school entities to participate in an open campus initiative.

  • Amendment A02394

Senate Bill 846 (Mastriano) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to allow a parent or guardian of a child of school age to opt the child out of a requirement to wear a mask or face covering imposed by a school.

  • Amendment A02252

Public hearing on the impacts of PA Department of Health orders on Pennsylvania’s children and schools

Senate Education Committee 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B

Public hearing on the impacts of PA Department of Health orders on Pennsylvania’s children and schools

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – Opening remarks

Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee
Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee

11:05 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Testimony from Panelists

Michael Bromirski, Superintendent, Hempfield School District – Testimony

Jessica Daugherty, Director, Lititz Christian Early Learning Center – Testimony

Dr. Barry Fillman, Director, Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School – Testimony
(Jeff Tech)

Krista Mathias, Superintendent, Somerset Area School District                                         

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  – Questions and Discussion

1:00 p.m.   – Adjournment

 

Additional Testimony

Acting Secretary Alison Beam, Pennsylvania Department of Health  – Testimony

Dr. Noe Ortega, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education  – Testimony

Joint public hearing on the importance of adult education as part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system

JOINT HEARING

Senate Education Committee AND Senate Labor & Industry Committee

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Joint public hearing on the importance of adult education as part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system

9 to 9:15 – Introductions

Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Scott Martin, Chair, Education Committee
Senator Christine Tartaglione, Minority Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee 

9:15 to 9:45 – State Perspective

Dr. Tanya Garcia, Acting Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education – Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Amanda Harrison, Chief, Division of Adult Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development – Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

9:45 to 11 – Adult Education Career Pathways

Provider 1

Cheryl Hiester, Executive Director – Testimony
The Literacy Council of Lancaster and Lebanon

Ernesto Matos, RN
Union Community Care

Jenni Black, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer
Union Community Care

Provider 2

Carey Harris, CEO – TestimonyAttachment
Literacy Pittsburgh

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director – Testimony
Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

Dimero Dixon, Laboror (written testimony only) – Testimony
Southwest Aluminum and Glass

Provider 3

Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President and CEO – Testimony
Peirce College

Tara Butler, Medical Coding Professional – Testimony
Penn Medicine

Provider 4

Carlos Graupera, CEO – Testimony
Spanish American Civic Association and SACA Development

Sue Martin, Senior Recruiter – Testimony
Penn Medicine

Provider 5

Dr. Kim Rassau, Executive Director
Manchester-Bidwell Training Center

Angelo Nardozi, Mechanical Test Lab Supervisor
US Steel

Lorraine Wasky, Chemical Lab Technician
SKC, Inc.

Additional Written Testimony:

Beyond Literacy – Testimony

Rebecca Watts – Testimony

Public hearing on COVID-19 policies and guidance for schools

Senate Education Committee

Friday, August 6, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Public hearing on COVID-19 policies and guidance for schools

AGENDA

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.         Opening remarks

                                          Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee

                                          Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee

                                         

1:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.         Testimony from the Department of Health and Department of Education

                                          Alison Beam, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health  –  Combined Testimony, Additional Combined Testimony

                                          Dr. Noe Ortega, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education  –  Combined Testimony, Additional Combined Testimony

                                          Dr. Sherri Smith, Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary

                                                Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education    

                                  

                                         

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         Questions from Committee Members                                         

 

2:30 p.m.                            Adjournment

 

Written Testimony

The Arc of Pennsylvania  –  Testimony

Hearing Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education update regarding the latest report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020

 

Joint Hearing

Senate Appropriations and Education Committees

Tuesday, July 20 at 11:15 am | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Hearing Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education update regarding the latest report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020

  1. Both versions of the plans
    1. West (redlined and final)
    2. Northeast (redlined and final)
  2. Student survey
  3. Economic Impact study
  4. Change inventory deck
  5. Integration Deck

Meeting to consider SB 1

Senate Education Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)

Meeting to consider SB 1

Meeting to consider SB 1, SB 324, and SB 733

Senate Education Committee

Monday, June 7, 2021 | 12:00 noon

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Meeting to consider SB 1, SB 324, and SB 733

Senate Bill 1 (Martin) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to provide for various charter reforms, increase caps on Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs, permit school entities to apply for waivers and permit additional opportunities for students to participate in dual enrollment programs. 

Senate Bill 324 (Langerholc) – Providing for assisting students experiencing education instability

Senate Bill 733 (J. Ward) –Establishes the Education Opportunity Account Scholarship Program for Exceptional Students.

Meeting to consider bills

 

Senate Education Committee

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Senate Bill 73 (Langerholc) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to permit the governing body of a school entity to apply for a waiver that will improve operations or instruction at the school entity. 

Senate Bill 237 (Bartolotta) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to permit additional schools to enter into dual enrollment agreements with institutions of higher education. 

Senate Bill 351 (Langerholc) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to establish the Community Engaged Schools for Success Pilot Program.

Senate Bill 664 (Corman) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to permit an optional additional year of education at a school entity for the 2021-2022 school year due to COVID-19. 

House Bill 365 (Harkins) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to update outdated terminology to conform with modern usage. 

House Bill 412 (Gleim) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to provide school entities with day-to-day substitute teacher flexibility. 

House Bill 416 (Quinn) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to provide for seizure recognition and related first aid training.

  • Amendment #A00945

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

 

Senate Education Committee

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


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

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.      Opening remarks

Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee

Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee

10:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Introductory Remarks

Hetal Dhagat, Esq., Staff Attorney, Education Law Center – Testimony

Isaac Gabriel, Student, City Charter High School – Testimony

Lena Hannah, School Director, South Fayette Township School District – Testimony

Brian Hayden, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School – Testimony

Bella Held, Student, Cornerstone Christian Prep Academy – Testimony

Maria Elizabeth Leon, Parent, Allegheny County – Testimony

Arthur Steinberg, President, AFT Pennsylvania – Testimony

Dr. Heidi Ondek, Superintendent and Executive Director, Western Pennsylvania School For Blind Children – Testimony

K. Chase Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School – Testimony

Sharon Sedlar, Parent, Allegheny County – Testimony

Tomea Sippio-Smith, Policy Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth – Testimony

Tom Smith, Chief Academic Officer and Principal, Bishop McCort Catholic High School – Testimony

Kevin Rowland, Chief Financial Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – Testimony

James O’Donnell, Director, Tax Credit Division, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – Testimony

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.       Questions and Open Discussion

1:00 p.m.                           Adjournment

Additional Testimony

PCCY Education Report – Expanding High Quality Charter School Options – Testimony

PCCY Education Report – The Game Plan: A Regional Strategy for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Workforce – Testimony