Heartland Institute Education Experts React to Pennsylvania Legislature’s Vote to
Expand Education Choice
The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday passed House Bill 1606, which increases funding for the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) by an additional $25 million. The bill is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) desk.
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“This is an exciting day for parents and students in Pennsylvania. Both of the state’s education choice programs provide children access to better educational alternatives, enabling them to escape a failing system to a brighter future. The more students whose parents have the freedom to choose the best way to educate their children, the better, and this legislation opens the door to increased choice.”
“The Pennsylvania legislature should be applauded for increasing the amount of money available for education tax credits. It’s a small step in increasing education choice for students who suffer when they are assigned to and stuck in bad schools. Education choice should be expanded for all students, since there are students failing to be adequately educated even in what are considered good schools.”
“The problem that plagues the EITC is the problem that plagues tax-credit scholarship programs nationwide: the lack of money made available to them. House Bill 1606 represents a 25 percent increase in funding for the EITC. While this is not a panacea, it is still a step forward, and it means many more Pennsylvania children will have access to high-quality schools that meet their widely diverse needs. The legislators who voted for this bill should be commended.”
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