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Tobash Votes in Favor of Meaningful Education Reform Measure
9/23/2014
HARRISBURG – Today, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) joined the majority of his House colleagues in passing Senate Bill 1281, legislation which includes several meaningful public education reform measures. The bill has been sent back to the Senate for its concurrence.

Senate Bill 1281 provides public schools with additional options to make up snow days in order to meet the requirement that schools be kept open for 180 days. Further, the bill states schools can count school days in hours (instead of days), and can reschedule instructional days for no more than one Saturday per month.

Last week, the House Education Committee voted to amend the Senate bill to include language from three important education reform measures generated in the House. Tobash supported all three House bills mentioned below when they passed the House earlier this year.

The first addition included language from Rep. Seth Grove’s (R-York) House Bill 2124, which seeks to reform the Planning and Construction Workbook process, or “PlanCon.” Tobash recently stood in support of this reform effort at a press conference held by Grove in Harrisburg. “Grove’s plan condenses the process, saves taxpayer dollars, and updates an antiquated system,” Tobash stated.

The second addition included language from Rep. Jim Christiana’s (R-Beaver) House Bill 1411, which is commonly known as SchoolWATCH. It requires the state Department of Education to create the SchoolWATCH website, so residents can easily find the budgets and expenditures of school districts. Tobash explained, “Like PennWATCH, this website ensures transparency, and gives easy access to important public information.”

The third addition included language from Rep. Margo Davidson’s (D-Delaware) House Bill 1801, which allows telephone hotlines and Internet notification systems developed by the Office of Safe Schools to be used by students to anonymously report dangerous situations involving schools.

“For the sake of our students, school districts and hard-working Pennsylvania taxpayers, I am hopeful that the Senate concurs with the valuable reform measures we have included in this piece of legislation so it can be sent to the governor for his approval this fall,” said Tobash.

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Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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