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March 13, 2012

Dear Friends,

Senator DinnimanMany of you were able to attend the February 9th meeting of the Chester County Coalition to support public education that I sponsored at Downingtown High School East. Others among you have told us that you want information on the Coalition's activities, or have indicated your interest in education issues.

Below, you will find a description of the first committees that have been formed by the Coalition. We certainly hope you might be able to attend the committee meetings or participate in their activities.

Education Funding and School Code Committee
Chair: Sharon Kletzien, D.Ed -
           Barbara DeWilde -
           Jean Goerth -

The Education Funding Committee will be focusing on learning and teaching the state budget process. The goal being with better knowledge of the process, better education advocacy will come. This committee will also be developing criteria for reviewing education legislation and initiatives later this year. This was listed as a separate committee on the volunteer card and has been folded into the Education Funding Committee.

Meetings: Thursday, March 15th, Thursday, March 22, Thursday, March 29, Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 19.

All meetings of this committee will be at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341 and run from 7-8 pm.

Non-Partisan School Board Committee
Chair: Toni Keg -

This committee will work on advancing legislation (Senate Bill 327) that would create non-partisan school board elections in Pennsylvania. The first meeting of this committee will be Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm at West Chester Borough Building, Council Chambers Room. Directions at

A Senate Education Committee hearing on Senate Bill 321 will also take place Friday, May 4 at 1 pm, location to be announced.

Trauma Committee
Chair: Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn

The Trauma Committee will be working on engaging responsible and caring adults in the lives of children effected by trauma. Trauma has been shown to have deep and lasting impact on a child's ability to learn, and this committee will work to raise awareness in the general public and educate those working directly with children. An event is planned for Saturday, April 14th, 8am-12 noon, at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville for educators, community volunteers, members of faith communities, municipal officials and all interested parties. Save the date and feel free to forward this information to friends. More information on this event will be available in the near future.

The next meeting of this committee is Monday, March 12, 2012, 7 pm at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville. Directions at

Community Institution Involvement Committee
Chair: Reverend Dr. Dan Williams

The focus of this group will be engaging community organizations, businesses and the faith community in education. As stakeholders, these groups will work to find areas where their support is needed and then implement programs that achieve this. Currently, this committee is planning to work with the Family Literacy Program, the New Life in Christ Church and the Chester County Intermediate Unit to develop a Pre-K summer reading program in Coatesville. The first meeting of this group will be Thursday, March 29th, 7pm, at The Chester County Intermediate Unit. Directions at

In addition to Basic Education (K-12) our next email will focus in on Higher Education and the efforts to restore adequate funding. We will continue to update you on the work of the Coalition and plans for a rally at the Chester County Courthouse in support of adequate state funding for public education. The proposed state budget cuts for early childhood, basic and higher education are disastrous to public education in the Commonwealth.

If you have any questions, or want to share your thoughts please contact Chris Sappey in my West Chester office at 610-692-2112. You can also email any of the committee chairs for information on the work of their committees.

Your involvement is important. I look forward to working with you.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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