The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently presented Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R – 35) with a Champion of Public Education award.
The PSBA Champion of Public Education award recognizes lawmakers for their outstanding support of traditional public schools during a two-year legislative session. This support is measured by the legislator’s voting record, bills introduced, attendance and involvement at their local districts, and efforts to work with PSBA to support public schools.
As former Education Chairman, Sen. Langerholc utilized his knowledge of the inner workings and needs of public schools to act objectively and balance all sides of education issues.
Sen. Langerholc’s legislative efforts to support public education include the introduction of Senate Bill 73 which would reinstate and make permanent a mandate waiver program, similar to one that expired in 2010. Under the program, the Department of Education could grant a waiver from certain state-imposed mandates if a school district can show that the waiver would result in greater efficiency or more effective educational programs. Reinstating the program would provide schools with much needed flexibility to seek innovative programs and implement more efficient processes.
PSBA thanks Sen. Langerholc for his continued efforts to promote excellent public education in Pennsylvania.