Media Advisory: Senate Education Committee to Hold Hearing on Erie Public Schools and Financial Watch Status

HARRISBURG (May 5, 2017) – The Senate Education Committee will hold a committee hearing to review Erie City School District’s strategic and financial plan for the future and to assess the implementation of the financial watch and recovery system by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

In September 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Education designated the Erie City School District in Financial Watch Status pursuant to section 694-A of the Public School Code of 1949, 24 P.S. § 6-694-A.  With direction and assistance from the Department of Education, the school district submitted the required strategic recovery plan in December 2016 to the Department.  In February 2017, the Department then rejected the submitted plan.

“Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) frequently expressed concerns about the problems facing Erie Public Schools. At his request, the Committee will examine the proposed strategic and financial plan to ensure that the necessary reforms are taken for students and that the implementation of the financial watch and recovery system by the Department is being done effectively,” Senator Eichelberger noted.

The hearing will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Central Tech High School library in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The hearing will include testimony from the Department of Education, the Erie City School District, and two panels from the Erie region.  The Committee is also accepting written testimony from interested organizations until May 19th.  Any organization interested in submitting written testimony should contact Senator Eichelberger’s office at (717) 787-5490.

For media inquiries regarding the hearing, please contact Dr. Andrew L. Armagost at (717) 783-3563.