Friday, November 11, 2011

What is Pennsylvania’s EITC program and which organizations received contributions through this tax credit program for FY 2011?

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National Constitution Center's Constitution Daily Blog Posted November 9, 2011

No Framer Left Behind: Why Washington's experiment in education reform would appall the Founders

By Marc Brasof

Recently, the Senate's education committee approved a bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, which for the past 10 years has been subject to immense criticism and served as a springboard for educational reform across the country.  Would the Framers, who set out to create a federal system, be concerned about the national government's experiment in education reform?

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/no-framer-left-behind-why-washingtons-experiment-in-education-reform-would-appall-the-founders/

 

Controversial School Voucher Plan Is Back in Harrisburg

Philadelphia Weekly By Eric Augenbraun, Posted Nov. 9, 2011

For the first time in more than a decade, school vouchers have a legitimate chance of becoming a reality in Pennsylvania. On Oct. 26, the state Senate voted 27-22 to approve Gov. Corbett's education initiative. If SB 1 passes the House, it will undoubtedly be hailed by supporters as a victory for "school choice." But a coalition representing students, parents and teachers have quite a different view of the bill.

"It is a wholesale transfer of funding already dedicated to public schools to the private sector," says Beth Olanoff, executive director of PLUS and former director of the Office of Policy at the state Department of Education. "In effect, that is robbing poor Peter to pay poor Paul. And that's just poor public policy."

Read more: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/133460753.html#ixzz1dJYQ4LuG

 

State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola says he'll focus on school vouchers as he moves toward retirement at the end of 2012

Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:12

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/state_sen_jeffrey_piccola_says.html

 

What is Pennsylvania's EITC program and which organizations received contributions through this tax credit program for FY 2011?

 

Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

Department of Community and Economic Development

General program information and FAQ's on Pennsylvania's EITC program

http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc

 

Top 100 EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011

 

For the full list alphabetically by recipient organization name see these 3 links:

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 1 of 3

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 2 of 3

EITC Contributions Received by DCED for FY 2011 Part 3 of 3

 

No Accountability: Pennsylvania's Track Record Using Taxpayer Dollars to Pay for Private and Religious School Tuition

Keystone Research Center, Author  Stephen Herzenberg, Publication Date:  April 7, 2011

This briefing paper reviews the experience of the EITC program, including its size and growth over time, the areas of the state it primarily serves, and the accountability mechanisms that oversee schools that receive taxpayer dollars to educate Pennsylvania school children under the EITC. 

http://keystoneresearch.org/EITC-accountability

 

Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page


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