Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing on Thursday in Philadelphia

HARRISBURG – As co-chairs of the Basic Education Funding Commission, state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, today announced details of the commission’s third hearing:

WHEN: Thursday, September 14 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia School District Administration Building, School Board Room, 440 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

WHAT: Testimonies will include discussion of perspective of local superintendents and teachers and impact of trauma on learning. Hosted by Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, and Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, the agenda is:

         2:00 p.m.       Call to Order and Opening Remarks

         2:10 p.m.       Panel One: 

  • Tony Watlington, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
  • Christopher Dormer, Superintendent of Norristown School District

         2:40 p.m.       Panel Two: 

  • Arthur Steinberg, President, American Federation of Teachers-PA
  • Jerry Jordan, President, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
  • Ashely Cooca, School Counselor, School District of Philadelphia
  • Fatoumata Sidibe, Student, William W. Bodine High School

      3:10 p.m. Panel Three:

  • Donna Cooper, Executive Director, Children First
  • Joan Duval Flynn, Chairperson, Trauma Informed Education Coalition
  • Mary Beth Hays, Director of Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools, Temple University
  • Shawn Ginwright, Founder and CEO, Flourish Agenda

         4:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks and Adjournment    

The public can submit comments to be entered into the record at The hearing will be streamed live at

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