Times Tribune BY ROBERT SWIFT, HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF FEBRUARY 13, 2017
PA Constitution Article III, Section 15: Public School Money Not Available to Sectarian Schools:
“No money raised for the support of the public schools of the Commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.”
Keystone State Education Coalition Commentary October 9, 2016
Pennsylvania’s EITC and OSTC programs were carefully crafted to circumvent Article III Section 15 of the PA constitution and divert public tax dollars to private and religious schools with no fiscal or performance accountability.
Every tax dollar diverted to private and religious school under the EITC program is a dollar that is not available to the general fund. For FY 14-15 there were 1096 recipients of EITC funds totaling over $108.3 million.
Furthermore, the scholarship organizations that distribute the funds get to keep 20% of the money. Comparable programs in Florida only direct 3% of the funds to those intermediary organizations.”
Here are the top 100 dollar recipients (receiving $67.6 million). In addition to numerous large amounts funding religious schools you will also see several of the Philadelphia Main Line’s most prestigious private schools on this list.
Standard Speaker BY JIM DINO / PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 13, 2017
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 13, 2017 12:00 AM
PA Senate GOP Website February 10, 2017
WHAT: The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee will hold its next public hearing to continue discussion and receive testimony related to the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings (commonly known as PlanCon). The Committee was established pursuant to Act 25 of 2016 to review and make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly.
WHO: PlanCon Committee, co-chaired by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne and House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor. This hearing will be held in the district of PlanCon co-chair Representative Saylor.
Monday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Red Lion Area High School, 200 Horace Mann Avenue, Red Lion, PA 17356
Forum #2 – Harrisburg Area (Enola, PA) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Capital Area Intermediate Unit – 55 Miller Street (Susquehanna Room), Enola, PA 17025
Forum #3 – Philadelphia Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street (5th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104
Forum #4 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1011 South Drive (Stouffer Hall), Indiana, PA 15705
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.