Expanding School Choice is Vital to Pa. Children
It's nearly impossible to overstate the significance of Pennsylvania's private school scholarship programs. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) have created more than 500,000 scholarships for Pennsylvania families to find the school that best fits their needs. HB 250, sponsored by Speaker Mike Turzai, would build on the proven success of these programs by increasing the amount of money businesses can contribute to fund scholarships.
The average EITC scholarship costs only 10 percent of what the average Pennsylvania school district spends per-pupil.
Not only do these private school programs empower families with options, but they save big money for taxpayers. The average EITC scholarship costs only 10 percent of what the average Pennsylvania school district spends per-pupil. A recent study from EdChoice finds the EITC saved Pennsylvania taxpayers over $1 billion since 2002.
Take a look at the infographic below to see how the EITC and OSTC have grown over time—and how HB 250 would expand them to serve more children. Passing Speaker Turzai's bill should be a top priority for the House and Senate upon their return later this month.