The Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education
Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley and the Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department
Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
The Franklin and Cumberland County Forum on Public Education
Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.
Please join us on December 1 from 7:00-9:00 in Memorial Auditorium for a special evening on the campus of Shippensburg University. Come out and learn about issues affecting public education and how you can support Pennsylvania’s great public schools and universities.
Event organizers had originally planned to hold a forum with state legislators from Franklin and Cumberland Counties on a panel discussing issues related to public education. Unfortunately, all of the legislators who were invited were unable to attend the event.
We are now excited to welcome two exceptional speakers who will make short informational presentations and then answer questions from the audience.
Mr. Ron Cowell has been the president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization based in Harrisburg since January of 1999. He will present information about current legislation that will affect Pennsylvania’s public schools and the State System of Higher Education.
Mr. Cowell served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for twenty-four years until 1998. While in the Legislature, he served as the majority or minority chair of the House Committee on Education for twelve years. He also served for twelve years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and for twenty years as a board member of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
Mr. Richard Fry is the current Superintendent of Big Spring School District in Cumberland County. He will make a presentation titled “95/5.” This presentation reviews educational trends nationally, statewide and then for Big Spring in regards to achievement, drop-out percentage, and completion percentage. The theme of the presentation is that the media/foundations are focusing on the 5% of schools that are falling short of a quality education for their students. What about the 95% that are meeting those needs?
Mr. Fry is working in his seventh year as Superintendent of the Big Spring School District. A graduate of Big Spring, he has been working in the field of education for over twenty-five years and is currently completing Doctoral requirements at Penn State in Educational Leadership.
Last year our public Pre-K-Higher Education programs lost over $1 billion in state funding. We are just beginning to see the effects of these cuts on our children and our communities. Now more than ever, we need we need to come together and speak up on behalf of our public schools. Please join us on Thursday, December 1 and become part of the conversation!