Davis, Policy Committee discuss school and business partnerships

MCKEESPORT, Oct. 3 –State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on school and business partnerships at the Consortium for Public Education.

Davis was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of education funding and how to better support school and business partnerships.

Davis said that the Policy Committee's discussion shed light on the importance of education funding as it pertains to the overall advancement and progression of Pennsylvania’s education system. He also said the committee's work provided an outline on how to best approach advancing the partnerships between schools and businesses.

“Today’s hearing was a great discussion on bettering school and business partnerships in Pennsylvania, as well as discussing the importance of education funding,” Davis said. “Continued funding for education is crucial to the forward progression of the commonwealth’s education system. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to provide students with the best possible education we have at our disposal, and that surely would be an injustice to students across the commonwealth.”

Sturla added, “Finding ways to fund education and enhance these partnerships will help students in their pivot from education to the workforce, which is an important step following graduation. I thank Representative Davis for leading the charge on this issue.”

The committee heard testimony from Mary Kay Babyak, executive director for the Consortium for Public Education; Don Martin, assistant executive director for Intermediate Unit 1; and Joshua Stewart, vice president and director of talent programs and accessibility for PNC Financial Services.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials.