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Center president to discuss proposed state education budget

Ron Cowell, president of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), will discuss Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 state education budget from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 303 Rackley Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Ron Cowell, president of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), will discuss Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 state education budget from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 303 Rackley Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. His talk is part of a speaker series on fiscal policies in education organized by William Hartman, professor of educational leadership in the College of Education.

The governor’s proposed budget recommends significant changes in the amounts and priorities for education from recent state budgets. During his talk, Cowell will provide an overview of the state’s fiscal situation and key issues that will affect the year’s budget debate.

Cowell was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 24 years until 1998, serving as the majority or minority chair of the House Committee on Education for 12 years. He also served for 12 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and for 20 years as a board member of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

EPLC is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization that encourages and supports the development and implementation of effective state-level education policies. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.eplc.org/ online.

The final talk of the semester will feature Arnold Hillman from the Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools, who will speak on “Legal Challenges to Pennsylvania Education Funding: The New Lawsuit” from 5 to 6 p.m. April 22 in 303 Rackley Building.

By Annemarie Mountz (April 2015)