Pa Senator Wants A Commission To Study School Consolidation

04.29.09 | Terry Diener

A western Pennsylvania state senator wants a government commission to study how to consolidate many of Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts. Cambria County Democrat John Wozniak believes the state should begin a process he says could take years but result in better academic programs, higher efficiency, and substantial cost savings.
Wozniak's proposal is similar to an idea Gov. Ed Rendell introduced during his February budget address. Wozniak wants a 15-member commission that would hold 20 public hearings around the state before putting forward a plan to realign districts. Rendell said the state should aim for about 100 school districts, but Wozniak isn't setting a goal yet.

State Senator Matt Baker says he cannot support a consolidation plan. The Wellsboro Republican tells FLN's media partner, WETM-TV, that larger school districts do not translate into better-educated kids.