The Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees will hold a joint hearing to listen to testimony on the governor’s proposal to close the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, according to committee chairs Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Representative Anthony Melio (D-141).
The Hearing will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg.
Established in 1895, the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children provides educational services for the children of hundreds of Pennsylvania veterans. In his budget address, Governor Rendell announced plans to close the school, as well as the Scranton School for the Deaf.
Among those scheduled to testify at the hearing are representatives of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Department of Education, various veterans’ organizations, and staff, faculty and parents from the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
Because of time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for a public comment period. However, written testimony will be accepted by the committees throughout budget negotiations. The public can also submit comments at senatorbaker.com following the hearing.
Lee Ann Labecki