Saylor Takes Oath of Office for 12th Term
1/6/2015
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) took his oath of office today to begin his 12th term in the House of Representatives and his first as the new majority chairman of the powerful House Education Committee.

Saylor takes over the committee from the long-serving former Rep. Paul Clymer, a Bucks County Republican, who retired from the House at the end of the 2013-14 session. Saylor said the top two issues for the committee will be educating our children and the efficient and effective use of tax dollars in education.

To that end, Saylor said the committee’s first task will be approving a new and fairer formula for funding K-12 public education in Pennsylvania.

“My biggest priority as chairman will be balancing a first-rate education for our students with fiscal accountability of our constituent tax dollars,” Saylor said. “Whether it be charter schools or public schools, I am going to demand accountability. My first goal will be to have a new funding formula reported out of committee by late spring.”

Based on concerns that growing school districts and school districts in poverty stricken areas were not being adequately funded by a state formula that has not changed since 1993, the process to develop a new funding formula began in July 2014 with the creation of the 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission.

By law, the commission has up to a year to complete its report, which makes the deadline June 10, 2015, but commission members have expressed the desire to deliver the report much sooner.

Saylor said he does expect the Basic Education Funding Commission to report out a new formula in time for the House Education Committee to review and approve it so it can be in place to be considered as part of the 2015-16 budget process.

“I look forward to working with the majority leader, the speaker, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and the chair of the Senate Education Committee to putting in place a new funding formula that is fair and equitable for all of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts,” Saylor said. “Our children deserve it, the taxpayers deserve it and the constitution requires it.”

Representative Stan Saylor
94th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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