House Democratic Policy Committee to hear about school paraprofessional needs

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 -- After hearing concerns faced by local education support staff, Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Schlossberg requested a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to find out more about what role the legislature could play in assisting, recruiting, and retaining these essential employees. 

The hearing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 and can be viewed online at or the Policy Committee’s Facebook page, @PADemPolicy. The media and public are encouraged to attend. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to  

Schlossberg, along with Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will discuss how the COVID-19 crisis pushed school districts into unknown territory and the challenges that arose and how to best support the support staff essential to every school day, especially for Pennsylvania’s neediest students.

Ensuring a quality education for children is enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution and is a core issue for Bizzarro and the Policy Committee. You can read more about the committee’s focus and efforts here.