Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Special Education Funding Commission and the Public Higher Education Funding Commission, which held their organizational meetings today. As Chairman of the Education Committee, Senator Langerholc has a seat on each of the Commissions, which play a key role in determining fair education funding formulas.
The Public Higher Education Funding Commission is charged with developing a new formula to be used in the distribution of funding to Pennsylvania institutes of higher education, including the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools, Community Colleges and the state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln Universities).
This formula will take into consideration factors such as Pennsylvania’s higher education needs, graduation rates, operational costs per full-time student, time to degree, student debt, job placement after graduation, and entry-level wages.
The Special Education Funding Commission was created with the passage of Act 3 2013.
The 15-member panel is charged with developing methodologies for a new formula to allocate any new state special education funding in a manner that recognizes the actual number of students with disabilities in a school and the various levels of their need for services.
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