Mar. 21, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today introduced legislation to create a commission to develop recommendations on how to move the state’s public education system into the 21st century.

“Our public education system is broken and in need of change,” Ortitay said. “We continue to educate our children with the same system we used in the 1800s. No longer are we preparing the majority of our students to work unskilled jobs and in factories. Our economy and society have evolved. Our education system needs to meet the job demands of today and bring back the lost meaning of a high school diploma. This bill will give Pennsylvania the opportunity to create a cutting-edge, first-of-its-kind, modern-day system for educating our children.”

House Bill 936 would create a 21-member commission comprised of government representatives and members of organizations such as the Pennsylvania School Board’s Association, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators and the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council. The commission would have two years to develop recommendations and provide a report to the General Assembly on what a modern school system should look like.

The bill was assigned to the House Education Committee.

The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships, and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.

Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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