Final Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing on Thursday in Harrisburg

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

WHEN: Thursday, November 16 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: North Office Building, Hearing Room 1, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg

WHAT: Testimonies will include discussion about charter schools, student services, early childhood education, and libraries.

The agenda is:

    10:00 a.m.      Call to Order and Opening Remarks

    10:10 a.m.      Panel of Brick-and-Mortar Charter Schools: 

  • Ryan Schumm, Executive Officer, Charter Choices
  • Debi Durso, Member of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence Policy Committee and CEO/Principal of Green Woods Charter School
  • Dr. Tina Chekan, CEO, Propel Charter Schools

    10:50 a.m.      Panel of Cyber Charter Schools: 

  • Jane Swan, CEO, Reach Cyber Charter School
  • Dr. Richard Jensen, CEO, Agora Cyber Charter School
  • Mark Allen, CEO, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS)

    11:30 a.m.      Panel Three:   

  • Dr. Adam Oldham, LPC, NCSC, High School Counselor, Pennsylvania Coalition of Student Services Associations
  • Christi Buker, CAE, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Library Association
  • Angela Marks, Founder, Reading Allowed
  • Susan DeJarnatt, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

   12:10 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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