Sonney to Co-Host Hearing with Appropriations Committee on PASSHE Report

Oct. 16, 2020 /

WHAT: Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, will hold a joint public hearing with the House Appropriations Committee on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) report pursuant to Act 50 of 2020 and the system’s implementation plan for improvement of operations.

House Republicans Unveil Bills to Drive the Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback

Oct. 09, 2020 /

WHAT: Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), House Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and other state representatives will unveil a pro-jobs, recovery-focused legislative package designed to achieve Pennsylvania’s better normal. The initiative, “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback,” would rebound the economy by incentivizing manufacturing with no new taxes or fees following the pandemic.

Committee to Consider Four Education-Related Bills

Sep. 30, 2020 /

WHAT: The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will hold a voting meeting to consider four proposals on a variety of education topics. They include measures that would create prekindergarten vision screenings and modify the current school vision screening schedule (House Bill 1342); establish the Back on Track Education Scholarship Account Program (House Bill 2696); provide for the removal of a student convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault against another enrolled student (Senate Bill 530); and establish a moment of silence in schools on the anniversaries of Sept. 11th and Pearl Harbor Day (Senate Bill 869).

Sept. 7 to be Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in Pennsylvania

Sep. 03, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 984 sponsored by Reps. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), Keith Gillespie (R-York), Pat Harkins (R-Erie) and Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) declaring Sept. 7 as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in Pennsylvania.

Committee to Consider Three COVID-19-Related Bills

Aug. 19, 2020 /

WHAT: The House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), will hold a voting meeting to consider three proposals related to COVID-19. They include measures that would authorize a school entity to determine whether to hold sports and other extracurricular activities in-person and whether to allow spectators (House Bill 2787); allow a parent to elect to have a child in a public or non-public school repeat a grade, including all academic and extracurricular activities (House Bill 2788); and authorize the Secretary of Education to address disruptions to teacher training and certification caused by the COVID-19 disaster emergency (Senate Bill 1216).

Schools in Erie County to Receive Emergency Education Relief Funds, Announces Sonney

Aug. 07, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) announced today that Corry Area School District, Erie County Technical School, North East School District, Union City Area School District and Wattsburg Area School District have been awarded money through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

House Passes Sonney’s Legislation to Update and Reform PASSHE

Jun. 09, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) announced today that his legislation to update and reform the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Sonney Announces School Safety Grants for 4th Legislative District

Feb. 26, 2020 /

HARRISBURG — Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) announced today that the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including every school district within the 4th Legislative District.

Sonney, Topper and Schroeder Unveil Legislative Package to Reform and Update PASSHE

Jan. 21, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Today, House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) and Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) and Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) joined together with Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Chancellor Daniel Greenstein and chair of PASSHE’s Board of Governors Cynthia Shapira to unveil a package of bills designed to update, improve and reform PASSHE.