Rapp Looking Forward to New Role as House Republican Subcommittee Chairman on Special Education
Second-term lawmaker will return to serve on Environmental Resources and Energy, State Government and Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committees
State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) has been appointed House Republican Chairman of the newly formed Subcommittee on Special Education by House Republican Leader Sam Smith (R-Jefferson).
“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity House Republican leadership has bestowed upon me to help address the diverse educational needs of these very special children,” said Rapp. “As chairman of this newly formed subcommittee it is my responsibility to review legislation and make recommendations for consideration for the entire House Education Committee. Paramount to those responsibilities is maintaining the difficult balance between the level of available state funding for special education and the actual needs of individual school districts. 
“Every year, special education can be a budget buster for both school districts and property owners, especially in both rural school districts like mine and those in urban areas with insufficient tax bases to keep up with growing costs. These districts require even more specialized attention from the state in the funding formula.   These issues will become even more prevalent as the 2007-08 budget process progresses.” 
In addition to her new responsibilities with the House Education Committee, Rapp will again return to serve on the House Environmental Resources and Energy, State Government and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.  
“As a second term legislator, I sought to become a member of four committees where I feel I can really make a difference for the people I serve in Forest, McKean and Warren counties,” said Rapp. “Each of these committees is intimately involved in drafting laws and addressing major issues that directly impact my constituents.”
Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979
February 7, 2007