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School choice a hot topic in Pennsylvania

June 17, 2011

Photo by Becky Polaski – Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, discussed state Senate Bill 1 at a news conference Friday afternoon at the DuBois Area Catholic School.

DuBOIS – School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Under the current proposal, funding for the EITC program would be increased to $100 million, Hill explained.
"[This increase] would make scholarships available to many, many more students," Hill said.
S.B. 1 also proposes the creation of vouchers, referred to as Opportunity Scholarship Grants.
"[These vouchers] would first go to the poorest students in areas with chronically failing schools. These are schools where students have had difficulty achieving in reading, writing, math, those kinds of things," Hill said. "There is a very specific definition in state law that determines a failing school or where the schools lie on the achievement scale. But eventually, low-income families, no matter where they go to school, all over the state, will qualify for those vouchers. Parents can use this voucher to pay tuition at any school they choose, public or private."

Pick up a copy of the Saturday, June 18, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Comments

School Choice...

June 22, 2011 by jjcmp (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 216

Vouchers are a good thing...school choice should be for everyone...personally...my family took advantage of "school choice" which not only included Private Parochial Schooling, but also Cyber Schooling in the end, and I am not at all sorry we did what we did...We would do it again if we had any other school age children.

Amen

June 23, 2011 by Choice (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 217

We need educational excellence and choice for all our parents and children, not just some. We need to end the cycle of failure that can produce something like this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8zKBfptva4

It's time to fix what we broke!

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