Feb. 09, 2022

WHAT: Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny), chair of the House Education Subcommittee on Special Education, will lead a subcommittee public hearing on House Bill 726, which would create a pilot program to provide instruction to students on the political, economic and social contribution of individuals with disabilities.

WHO: Ortitay; members of the Subcommittee on Special Education; Dr. Josie Badger, director, Raise; Amber Logan, former special education student; Neil McDevitt, director of the Deaf Hearing Communication Center; Christa Bialka, associate professor of special education and director of Undergraduate Teacher Programs at Villanova University; Sherri Smith, deputy secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education; Carole Clancy, director of special education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education; Tanya Contos, curriculum and instruction coordinator with the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School; Dr. Rachel Andler, director of student support services with the South Fayette Township School District; and Kaitlyn Small, K-12 inclusive practices instructional coach with North Penn School District.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.

WHERE: 523 Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg Capitol Complex.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The hearing will be streamed live at PAHouseGOP.com.

Media contact: Tracy Polovick, 717.260.6358, tpolovick@pahousegop.com