Policy Committee hearing in Scranton discusses education funding

SCRANTON, April 8 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing with committee chairman Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the issue of public education funding.

The hearing, held in Scranton High School, focused on how local districts have been impacted by decreased state funding over the last few years, and what Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget will mean for them.

”When it comes to our children's education, it is important that we make sure our school districts have the tools to help our children succeed," Flynn said. "Today's hearing was a way for us to learn how districts have struggled to continue to do that in the wake of the Corbett administration's decreases in state funding for education.”

Flynn added, “Governor Wolf’s ‘Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works’ initiative is one to improve an entire society. By ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to fundamental resources like a good education and well-paying jobs, he’s making it possible for our citizens to better provide for themselves and their families and achieve the American dream.”

Echoing that sentiment, Sturla said, "The testimony we heard today here in Representative Flynn's district was not unique in that a majority of school districts across the state have been faced with difficult decisions because of the previous administration's education funding cuts. But the region has a strong advocate in Representative Flynn who understands that Governor Wolf's plan for moving Pennsylvania forward is key."

Those testifying at the hearing were Paul Brennan, Riverside School District superintendent; Dr. Michael Mahon, Abington Heights School District superintendent; and Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers. Dr. Alexis Kirijan, Scranton School District superintendent, provided opening remarks.