Arcadia University Colloquium: “Unpacking the PA School Budget: What Does This Mean for Me?” March 29

A Panel Discussion on the Commonwealth’s School Budget Hosted by Arcadia’s Education Department

Glenside, PA—Feb. 24, 2012Arcadia University’s Education Department announces the inaugural Education Colloquium panel on “Unpacking the PA School Budget: What Does This Mean for Me?” on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Great Room of the Commons. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

The colloquium panel discusses the comments from education experts on the commonwealth’s school budget, as was announced by Governor Tom Corbett, and how this impacts the state’s schools, communities, and children. The colloquium is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Please R.S.V.P. by March 12 to dressm@arcadia.eduor call 215-572-2938.

Panelists are Dr. Chris McGinley, Superintendent of Lower Merion School District; Art Haywood, President, Board of Commissioners, Ward 2, Laverock and Wyncote, in Montgomery County, Cheltenham Township; and Nofre VaquerDirector of The Arc of Philadelphia, a 62-year-old not-for-profit organization that advocates for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes; along with other invited panelists.

“This colloquium is a first for the Education Department,” says Education Department Chair Dr. Leif Gustavson. “The topic is timely and the ramifications of the Commonwealth’s budget for Pennsylvania’s children, families and schools are immense. We know that gathering stakeholders will advance discussion and information-sharing on this important issue, and Arcadia’s Education Department is pleased to host this event, which will be the start of a series of Colloquia on education trends and current issues.”

The discussion is hosted by Dr. Bruce Campbell, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership master’s program at Arcadia, and moderated by Attorney Baruch Kintisch, Director of Policy Advocacy and a Senior Staff Attorney in the Philadelphia office of Education Law.

“Public discussion about the commonwealth’s budget—and specifically about its education directives—is a key ingredient to improving the understanding of how budget guidelines translate into the real world,” says Campbell.  “Our panelists are well-acquainted with the education system in Pennsylvania, and we’re fortunate that they will contribute their viewpoints to the conversation on this topic.”

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)