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Sturla, Policy Committee explore blended learning

01/31/2017 By Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 –  State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion in Lancaster to learn more about educational opportunities that mix online courses, hybrid learning and traditional learning practices. 

Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, facilitated the discussion at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 which provided a presentation on its Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions program.

“At a time when the state budget outlook is bleak at best, we need to consider educational opportunities that save money, but also best serve Pennsylvania’s children,” Sturla said. “Thank you to Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 for helping to facilitate a well-rounded discussion on another option for Pennsylvania children to have access to a high-quality education that helps them compete in the national and global economy."

Participants in the roundtable discussion included Colette Cairns, education innovation specialist, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13; Ken Zimmerman, instructional media technology, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13; Larry Mays, Director of Cyber School Programs, School District of Lancaster; and Liz Lubeskie, coordinator of online learning, Manheim Central School District.

Copies of roundtable materials are available at

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