In an April 26, 2019, letter to Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr., Democratic chair of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee, ELC urges the defeat of a proposal to massively expand the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). The bill won approval by the House Education Committee on April 29. House Republicans who have fought increases in public education funding did not hesitate to approve the bill despite a $100 million price tag in the first year and an automatic 10% escalator clause in each subsequent year.
Tax credits under EITC pay for student scholarships to attend private schools, including religious schools, without any restrictions on discrimination based on disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status. Read more about why ELC opposes the bill.
There are many voices and various ideas, but crucial leadership and commitment are sorely lacking on the key issues facing the future of the 3,300 public schools that serve 1.8 million children in the Commonwealth. And the ideas for reform getting the most attention often ignore the basic changes needed to truly improve teaching and learning at the classroom level, especially for struggling students and schools.
ELC presents key facts analysis about Pennsylvania’s final Education Budget for the 2011-12 school year. This budget adopted by the General Assembly on June 30, 2011 cut state funding for PreK-12 education by $961 million.