May 30, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marriott West Hotel
111 Crawford Avenue
West Conshohocken,PA 19428
Michelle J. Atherton215-204-9074E-mail


Session I: “Funding Schools: What Pennsylvania Can Learn from Other States”
Key Pennsylvania legislators and leaders will respond to a presentation by Professor Robert C. Knoeppel of Clemson University, an expert on emerging trends and ideas in public school finance.

Introduction: Representative Steve Santarsiero

Moderator: Rob Wonderling, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce


Charles Zogby, Secretary of the Budget, Commonwealth of PA
Senator Patrick Browne
Senator Anthony Williams
Representative Bernie O’Neill
Representative James Roebuck

Session II: “Why Smart Investments in Public Schools Are Critical to Pennsylvania’s Economic Future” 
A discussion with business, labor, and public leaders in the region.

Introduction: Rob Loughery, Chair, Bucks County Commissioners

Presentation: Bryan Hancock, Principal, McKinsey & Company, and author: “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools”

Moderator: Rana Foroohar, Global Economic Analyst, CNN News, and Assistant Managing Editor for Economics and Business, Time Magazine


Pat Eiding, President, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
Feather Houstoun, Member, School Reform Commission, and Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Welfare
Michael Pearson, President and CEO, Union Packaging
Philip Rinaldi, CEO, Philadelphia Energy Solutions
William J. T. Strahan, Executive Vice President for Human Resources, Comcast


Temple’s Center on Regional Politics (CORP), Penn State’s College of Education, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Metropolitan Studies in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs have formed a consortium to support state legislators and policymakers in a review of options for improving public school finance in Pennsylvania.

Also in the consortium is the Pennsylvania Policy Forum, an informal network of faculty members, academic leaders, and policy researchers at public and private colleges across the Commonwealth. Working with the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Policy Forum has organized symposia on institutional issues for all Senate and House members and information sessions for newly elected members of both chambers.

Academic leaders of the University Consortium to Improve Public School Finance and Promote Economic Growth are Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr., PhD, director of Temple’s CORP; William Hartman, PhD, professor in Penn State’s College of Education; and David Y. Miller, PhD, professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and director of the university’s Center on Metropolitan Studies. Paula Holoviak, associate professor of political science at Kutztown University, is chair of the Policy Forum and McLaughlin is vice chair.

This is the first of three symposiums. Others are planned for western Pennsylvania and for Harrisburg late in the year.