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York County Education Summit Kicks-off October 26

York County Education Summit
9/7/2006 —

The first York County Education Summit set to  kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at The York Expo Center, Memorial Hall East.  Joan Benso, President, PA Partnerships for Children, will set the stage for the summit in her presentation, The Education of York County Children:  How We Stack Up?

The two-day summit continues on Friday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G.  Rendell has been invited to give opening remarks.  The morning session continues with speakers on issues related to school funding and possible solutions to the school funding dilemma.  Dr. G. Terry Madonna, executive director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, will serve as the moderator for the morning presentations and audience discussion.   The afternoon session, hosted by Ron Martin, WGAL television co-anchor, will provide participants the opportunity to engage in round table discussion on School Consolidation:  Why or Why Not?

The issues facing our community are not easily solvable and our summit speakers will frame just how complex the issues are, said Emilie Lonardi, superintendent, West York Area School District and co-chair for the Education Summit steering committee.  This summit will begin to allow for informed discussion about important issues relative to York County.  We hope that we come out of the summit with some next steps on how to improve education in York County.  Lonardi and Beth Gill-MacDonald, coordinator of the Community University Partnership (CUP) at Penn State York, are co-chairs of the summit.

 The summit is free and open to the public.  Parents, community members, educators, business leaders, school administrators, school board members, and everyone who cares about the future of public education in York County is invited to attend.  All participants must pre-register online at http://www.yk.psu.edu/ or call (717) 771-4067 by October 20.   

Coordinating an all-county education summit was named one of YorkCounts 30 Ready Solutions in February 2004.  In March 2005, Penn State York formed a compact with YorkCounts to develop and coordinate a county-wide education summit, with York College of Pennsylvania partnering to convene and launch the project.  The 20-member summit steering committee has been meeting since last fall to plan the summit.

If you would like more information about the summit or you cannot register online, please call Penn State York at (717) 771-4067.

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