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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2021 03:59 PM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi and Rep. Regina G. Young
To: All House members
Subject: Education Reform Commission
In 2018, the State Board of Education established a goal that, by the year 2025, 60% of working-age Pennsylvanians will have attained post-secondary degrees or credentials so as to help reinforce the work force in Pennsylvania. However, projections like these do not come easy. It is up to legislators and the community to come together and assess Pennsylvania’s educational needs.
To develop a roadmap for moving Pennsylvania's education system into the future, we are introducing legislation to create an Education Reform Commission. The commission will be tasked with performing an in-depth study of the current educational needs in Pennsylvania, projecting out those needs over the next 25 years, and determining what can and should be done to help reform the current education system and prepare Pennsylvania for the future. The commission will conduct a comprehensive study and make concrete recommendations on various educational topics including:
  • Construction and renovation needs;
  • Educational offerings and curriculum;
  • Equipment and staffing needs;
  • Extracurricular options;
  • Career and technical education;
  • Cost savings opportunities;
  • Fair school board elections;
  • Adequate and equitable school funding; and
  • Equal access to education for all students.
The commission will engage with a variety of stakeholders across the state, including school board members, teachers, school administrators, businesses and chambers of commerce, students, and the general community, in order to get a broader sense of issues in our education policies. This is an opportunity to bring everyone together and think about what we need our education system to look like. 
Please join us in co-sponsoring legislation to ensure all students in Pennsylvania – regardless of family income, location, or school setting – have an equal chance at a good education.

Introduced as HB806