Rep. Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on fair school funding Wednesday in Philadelphia

Policy Committee    January 18, 2019 | 5:08 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the moral implications and practical solutions to addressing Pennsylvania’s ranking as the worse state in the U.S. on public education funding equity.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Eleanor C. Emlen School, 6501 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend.

He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who previously served on the Basic Education Funding Commission, Representative James Roebuck, chairman of the House Democratic Education Committee and Representative Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. The current agenda is: 

2 p.m.              Welcome and opening remarks

2:30 p.m.         Panel One:

Christopher Dormer, superintendent, Norristown School District

Dr. Daniel McGarry, superintendent, Upper Darby School District

Dr. Damaris Rau, superintendent, School District of Lancaster

Stephen Rodriguez, superintendent, Pottstown School District

Jerry Jordan, president, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

3:20 p.m.         Panel Two:

Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director, Education Law Center

Marc LeBlond, senior policy analyst, Commonwealth Foundation

David Lapp, J.D.,  director of policy research, Research for Action

Kelly Lewis, JD/MBA, president & ceo, Lewis Strategic, PLLC

Michael Churchill, attorney, The Public Interest Law Center

3:55 p.m.         Closing remarks

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

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