Senator Martin Appointed to Lead Senate Education Committee

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) was appointed today to serve as Chair of the Senate Education Committee for the 2021-22 Legislative Session.

The committee is responsible for considering issues and legislation related to Pennsylvania’s education system, including school safety, funding issues and post-secondary opportunities for students.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to chair a committee that will play such an important role in shaping Pennsylvania’s future leaders in business, industry and government,” Martin said. “With students spending less time in the classroom and more time learning at home over the past year, there has never been a more important time to consider the future of education and how we can ensure our schools can continue to prepare students for the challenges they will face in the future.”

During his time in the Senate, Martin has authored several laws pertaining to education, including landmark school safety legislation that created the Safe2Say school threat reporting system and the School Safety and Security Grant Program.

He also spearheaded the creation of the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program to provide educational resources to students who are homebound due to illness or injury. Martin was also the prime sponsor of a bill that will protect victims of sexual assault from attending the same school as their attacker.

In addition, Martin led efforts in the Senate to pass legislation to redesign the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to better meet the needs of students. He also serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee and is a member of the Special Education Funding Commission.

Martin previously served as Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.

CONTACT:  Terry Trego (717) 787-6535

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