STATEMENT: On the Conclusion of the PASSHE Board of Governors Public Hearings About Consolidation

HARRISBURG – June 10, 2021 – At the conclusion of the fourth and final public hearing held by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education regarding the plan to consolidate six of the system's institutions, Save Our State Schools spokesperson Danielle Gross made the following statement:


"Even in the limited time allotted to members of the public in the last two days to provide feedback to the Board of Governors regarding the rushed consolidation plan, the response was clear and overwhelming: virtually every single commenter over the past two days asked the Board of Governors to vote NO on the consolidation plan as presented. Many expressed concerns about forced hybrid learning, many reiterated the fact that the consolidation plan does not save students or taxpayers any money, and many made it clear that the plan does not address the most pressing problems the System faces to ensure long-term sustainability.


"The public has spoken, and they are clearly not in favor of this rushed, shoddy consolidation plan. The fundamental question for the PASSHE Board of Governors members ahead of their July meeting where they will vote on the plan: will they listen?"