Ciresi, Pennycuick Push Call for Education Funding

State Rep. Joe Ciresi (at top) also was among featured speakers during a mid-May event in Pottstown promoting Pennsylvania charter school reform

COLLEGEVILLE PA – The call by local legislators, among others, pushing to ensure a fair and equitable state educational funding system across Pennsylvania continues Thursday (June 10, 2021) at 3:30 p.m. at the bus circle outside Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike. State Rep. Joe Ciresi (146th District) and Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (147th District) are scheduled to attend.

Despite passage by the state Legislature in 2016 of a so-called fair funding formula proposed to “ensure each district receives state funding based on school and community needs,” Pennycuick said Wednesday (June 9), “inequitable education funding remains a significant issue in Pennsylvania.”

Ciresi is among those advocating both immediate funding changes to meet school districts’ needs, and also to create a commission that would study educational needs in Pennsylvania over the next 25 years. He hopes it would determine what can and should be done to help reform the education system.

Also scheduled to participate in Thursday’s event are state Reps. Dan Williams of Chester County and Manny Guzman of Berks County, school district superintendents Dr. Barbara Russell of Perkiomen Valley and Christopher Dormer of Norristown, and Board of School Directors’ members Laura Johnson of Pottstown and Karen Beck Pooley of Bethlehem.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

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