General Assembly’s Basic Education Funding Commission to meet Thursday in Greenville

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – The Basic Education Funding Commission will hold a hearing beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenville Junior/Senior High School, 9 Donation Road, Greenville, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced.

"This hearing will allow school officials from Mercer and neighboring counties to provide input about how the state distributes money to help support basic education," said Longietti, who is a member of the commission. "The hearing is open to the public, and we have set aside time at the conclusion of the meeting to listen to comments from local residents."

The agenda for the hearing is:

  • 10:05 a.m. – Testimony from Greenville Area School District Superintendent Mark Ferrara, Sharon City School District Superintendent Michael Calla, Hermitage School District Superintendent Daniel J. Bell and Sharpsville Area School District Superintendent Brad Ferko;

  • 11:05 a.m. – Testimony from Austin Area School District Acting Superintendent Jerome Sasala;

  • 11:35 a.m. – Testimony from Propel Schools Foundation founder and Executive Director Jeremy Resnick and Keystone Charter School CEO Mike Gentile;

  • 12:15 p.m. – Testimony from Erie School District Superintendent Jay Badams and Corry School District Superintendent Bill Nichols;

  • Public comments.

     

The bipartisan, bicameral 15-member commission was created by Act 51 of 2014, and consists of senators and representatives from across Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is one of three states that currently does not use a real funding formula to distribution basic education funding. The commission is charged with developing a basic education funding formula that would be used to distribute more than $5 billion in state funds to public schools.

The commission is required to issue a report on its findings and recommendations by June 10, 2015 and to draft proposed regulations and legislation based upon its findings. Legislation would have to be enacted to adopt a funding formula.