Media Advisory – Senate Hearing to Explore Turnaround Models in Under-performing Schools

HARRISBURG (May 11, 2015) – The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing featuring nationally renowned speakers to evaluate Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Known as the Educational Opportunity and Accountability Act, Senate Bill 6 will give additional tools to schools who fail to meet performance goals year after year. The proposed model has met with success in other states, including Tennessee and Massachusetts. A list of testifiers is included below.

The media is cordially invited to cover this hearing.

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Room 8EB
Capitol Complex

Educational Opportunity and Accountability Act

Senate Education Committee

May 13, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sen. Lloyd Smucker, Chairman
Sen. Andrew Dinniman, Minority Chairman

9:05 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Kevin Huffman
Former Commissioner of Education

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Catherine Brown, Vice-Pres., Education Policy
Michael J. Petrilli, President
Fordham Institute

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Moffit, Mastery Mann Elementary School, Philadelphia
Tawnya Burke, Propel Schools

11:00 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools
School District of Philadelphia

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Deborah A. Reeves, Deputy Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Education

12:00 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.

David W. Patti, President and CEO
Pennsylvania Business Council

12:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stinson Stroup, PA State Education Association
John Callahan, PA School Boards Association
Jeffery Mummert, Business Administrator/Secretary, South Western School District
Eric Eshbach, Superintendent, Northern York School District

CONTACT:  Diane McNaughton

(717) 787-6535