WEST CHESTER (May 13)  – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that he is bringing together education professionals and advocates from throughout the region for a roundtable discussion on critical issues in education on Wednesday, May 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Technical College High School – Brandywine Campus.

“Parents, teachers, students and education professionals from suburban and urban school districts across Pennsylvania recently united against the expansion of the Keystone Graduation Exams,” Dinniman said. “Now, another pressing issue will bring together suburban and urban schools from throughout the region – the need to adequately support and sustain public education for the future.”Rear view of class raising hands

The panel will feature education professionals from Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties as well as representatives from major education organizations, including:

  • Joe Ciresi, President, Spring-Ford Area School District Board of Directors.
  • Helen Gym, Parents United of Philadelphia.
  • Bill LaCoff, President-Elect of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, Owen J. Roberts School District Board of Directors.
  • Larry Feinberg, Keystone State Education Coalition, Haverford Township School District Board of Directors.
  • Joe O’Brien, Executive Director, Chester County Intermediate Unit.
  • Joan Duvall-Flynn, President and Education Committee Chair of the NAACP, Media Branch.
  • Hillary Linardopoulos, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
  • Korri Brown, President, Southeast Region, Pennsylvania State Education Association.
  • Mike Churchill, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
  • Mark Miller, Director, Network for Public Education, Vice-President of the Centennial School District Board of Directors.

The event will be live-streamed on CCiTV (http://ccitv.cciu.org/) and broadcast via Keystone On Demand at a later date. More details will be available shortly.

“I hope to see and hear from many residents at this critical conversation on the future of our schools. If you can’t make it in person, please join us online and feel free to e-mail me your questions in advance at andy@pasenate.com,” Dinniman said. “In addition, during the event you can live tweet your questions directly to me at @SenatorDinniman. We will answer as many questions as we can.”

The event will take place in the cafeteria of the Technical College High School – Brandywine Campus, which is located next to the Chester County Intermediate Unit at 443 Boot Road in Downingtown.