Families who live near low-achieving public schools can take advantage of a new state program to help pay for a better education elsewhere. This month, Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law creating the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
How do we find out how much of the $50 million the "scholarship organizations" will get to keep?
- Prescribe the course content or admissions criteria for any religiously affiliated school;
- Compel any private school to accept or enroll a student;
- Impose any additional requirements on any private school that are not otherwise authorized; or
- Require any school to accept or retain a student if the school does not offer programs or is not structured or equipped with the necessary facilities to meet the special needs of the student or does not offer a particular program requested.
Christiana, Vereb's key roles in passage of EITC 2.0
Capitolwire Under the Dome July 30, 2012
Vouchers could not pass the state Legislature — not this past June and likely not in the near future. So with less than two weeks before the budget deadline, a pair of legislators set their sights on a different target. Reps. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, and Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, became the public face of what became “EITC 2.0,” the largest expansion of private school scholarship tax breaks since the original program’s inception in 2001. To read about the roles the two lawmakers played in getting EITC 2.0 to the governor’s desk, CLICK HERE(paywall) for a story from Capitolwire Correspondent Michael Macagnone.
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- Despite being categorized as a low-achieving schools, several schools on the list, which was prepared using 2010-11 PSSA results, actually reached their student achievement targets and achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2010-11. Labeling these schools as low-achieving when they have met the student achievement standards set by the state and federal government functions to create two separate and conflicting measurements for student achievement. (Download PSBA's enhanced list of 15% lowest-performing schools (XL file).)
Richard Frerichs, Penn
Mark B. Miller, Centennial SD,
Edward J. Cardow,