Health and Human Services Committee Senator Michele Brooks, Chair

Public hearing on Education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Joint Hearing

Senate Education Committee and Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Wednesday, March 3, 2021| 10:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Public hearing on Education during the COVID-19 pandemic

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.      Opening remarks

Senator Scott Martin, Majority Chair, Education Committee

Senator Michele Brooks, Majority Chair, Health & Human Services Committee

Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee

Senator Art Haywood, Minority Chair, Health & Human Services Committee

10:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Panel 1

Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education – Testimony

Matt Stem, Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Alison Beam, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health – Testimony

Keara Klinepeter, Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health                                         

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.     Panel 2

Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent, Penn Manor School District

Dr. Samuel Lee, Superintendent, Bensalem Township School District – Testimony

Dr. Janell Logue-Belden, Superintendent, Deer Lakes School District                                         

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Panel 3

Daniel Breen, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg – Testimony

Patricia Rossetti, Chief Executive Officer, PA Distance Learning Charter School – Testimony

Scott Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Mastery Schools Network – Testimony | Additional Info

12:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.       Panel 4

Lilly Heilshorn, Student, Hempfield School District

Josie Cosentino, Student, Mt. Lebanon School District – Testimony

Chad Williams, Parent – Testimony

Rachel Schlosser, Parent – Testimony

Streeter Stuart, Teacher, Penn Manor School District – Testimony

Rob Mitchell, Teacher, Pittsburgh School District – Testimony

1:00 p.m.                           Adjournment

Written Testimony:

Arc of PA

George DuPaul

Education Law Center

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Pennsylvania School Boards Association

Public Cyber Charter School Association

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