MAHANOY CITY – Superintendents and other leaders of 20 school districts in Schuylkill, Carbon, and Luzerne Counties joined State Senator David G. Argall (R-29), who was recently appointed Chair of the Senate Education Committee, at a meeting in his Mahanoy City office today.
During the meeting, the attendees discussed a variety of issues including the value of face-to-face instruction, the teacher shortage, and ensuring the safety of students. They also discussed this week’s decision by Commonwealth Court declaring Pennsylvania’s education funding system unconstitutional.
“It’s important to have all interested parties at the table when considering how to better our education system – school administrators, teachers, students and parents,” said Senator Argall. “I look forward to working with everyone to improve our education system and properly prepare our children for the realities of the 21st century workplace.”
The Senate Education Committee will hold public hearings on many issues in the coming months, including how to address the teacher shortage and reviewing a recent report by Auditor General Tim DeFoor on the ability of school districts to raise property taxes while holding large general fund balances.
Senator Argall was joined by five members of the local state House delegation, including Rep. Dane Watro (R-116), Rep. Jamie Barton (R-124), Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122), Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123), and Rep. JoAnne Stehr (R-107).
Contact: Jim Brugger