Report: School Choice Could Save PA Tax Dollars

The Foundation for Educational Choice has a new analysis out, suggesting that the federal “Race to the Top” (RTTP) funding from the stimulus bill should be used to promote school choice.

If RTTP funding were used to provide $2,000 scholarships over 4 years, over 22,000 Pennsylvania students would be given a lifeline to help afford their school of choice.

Moreover, if the state continued the program after federal funds ran out, unlike most stimulus programs, Pennsylvania would save money—an estimated $37 million annually at the state level.

Indeed, this is the power of school choice, given the dramatic difference in the cost of a scholarship (in this case, $2,000) versus the spending of public schools, currently over $13,000 per student.