Pennsylvania’s future is in the hands of the next generation. Parents and students—not activist agendas—should drive the Commonwealth’s education policy. While policymakers have been entrusted with ensuring the next generation receives a quality education, parents should be empowered to choose the quality education that meets their unique child’s needs. Charter schools and tax credit scholarships are integral pieces of school choice, but more reforms are needed to make school choice a reality for all Pennsylvania students.

Education

Helping Kids Through EITC and OSTC

  • Andrew Abramczyk, Nathan Benefield
  • June 12, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf wants to be sure that children from poor parts of the state can get a good education. In his 2018 budget address he called…

Media

Read More: Helping Kids Through EITC and OSTC

Education

Champions for Pa. Students

  • Marc LeBlond
  • June 12, 2019

Yesterday the Senate took bold, swift action on behalf of Pennsylvania kids by passing HB 800—which would increase the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) K-12 tax credit scholarship cap by…

Media

Read More: Champions for Pa. Students

Education

Fiscal Forgetfulness

  • Andrew Abramczyk
  • June 12, 2019

Next year the governor wants to spend $1.4 billion more than he requested for this year, according to his recent budget proposal. Separately he’ll need as much as $750 million…

Media

Read More: Fiscal Forgetfulness

Education

Momentous School Choice Expansion Lands on Gov. Wolf’s Desk

  • June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019, Harrisburg, Pa.—Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 800, which would expand a hugely popular K-12 scholarship program, giving Governor Wolf the chance to provide a lifeline to…

Press Release

Read More: Momentous School Choice Expansion Lands on Gov. Wolf’s Desk

Education

Is School Choice the Black Choice?

  • Marc LeBlond
  • June 11, 2019

  Do you know that 49 percent of the kids who applied for tax credit scholarships in Pennsylvania were denied? Lenny McAllister Parents, educators, and education reformers…

Media

Read More: Is School Choice the Black Choice?

Education

EITC & OSTC Escalator: Because Kids Need a Longer Lifeline

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • June 11, 2019

Pennsylvania's successful education tax credit programs are oversubscribed, resulting in tens of thousands of families being denied scholarships. It's time to expand these programs. Here are answers to common questions…

Fact Sheet

Read More: EITC & OSTC Escalator: Because Kids Need a Longer Lifeline

Education

Thousands of Scholarship Applications Denied, Again

  • Marc LeBlond
  • June 6, 2019

Pennsylvania's tax credit scholarship programs, EITC (Education Improvement Tax Credit) and OSTC (Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit), have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of students with a private education that…

Media

Read More: Thousands of Scholarship Applications Denied, Again

Education

Safer Public Schools: Another Benefit of Education Choice

  • Marc LeBlond
  • May 28, 2019

When parents are forced to choose between safety and academics, parents overwhelmingly choose safety. That's a choice no parent should have to make, but that's the reality for Philadelphia families…

Media

Read More: Safer Public Schools: Another Benefit of Education Choice

Education

The Many Benefits of Tax Credit Scholarships

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • May 20, 2019

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) empower thousands of students with a high-quality education of their choice each year—and at a fraction of the…

Media

Read More: The Many Benefits of Tax Credit Scholarships

Education

Are Pennsylvania Leaders Out of Touch?

  • Marc LeBlond
  • May 17, 2019

When asked whether Philadelphia needs “more, fewer, or the same number of charter schools,” Mayor Jim Kenney responded, “Fewer.” It’s a baffling answer, considering his city’s educational landscape. Just…

Media

Read More: Are Pennsylvania Leaders Out of Touch?

Education

School Districts’ Cash Stash Tops $4.6 Billion

  • May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019, Harrisburg, Pa.—Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts hold $4.6 billion in reserve funds, according the latest data available from the Pa. Department of Education. Reserves rose by $64 million in…

Press Release

Read More: School Districts’ Cash Stash Tops $4.6 Billion

Education

Guest Post: Educational Freedom in Harrisburg

  • May 15, 2019

Rian Slade-Bowers' testimonial was first published by American Federation for Children. I attended private schools all my life and it has benefited me immensely. I was educated in a diverse environment…

Media

Read More: Guest Post: Educational Freedom in Harrisburg

Education

How to End Waiting Lists for Opportunity

  • May 9, 2019

Did 20 years of government initiatives improve public schools? A recent American Enterprise Institute report finds all the money poured into efforts like No Child Left Behind and Race to…

Media

Read More: How to End Waiting Lists for Opportunity

Education

House Sends Major School Choice Expansion Bill to Senate

  • May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019, Harrisburg, Pa.—Today, in a bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 800, a school choice bill that promises opportunity to thousands of students trapped…

Press Release

Read More: House Sends Major School Choice Expansion Bill to Senate

Criminal Justice Reform

Four Ways Lawmakers Are Setting Up Pa. For Success

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • May 3, 2019

Freedom and opportunity are on the move in the Keystone State. In the past week, lawmakers have taken four serious strides for the families and business owners of Pennsylvania. We’re…

Media

Read More: Four Ways Lawmakers Are Setting Up Pa. For Success

Education

How Low-Income Students Benefit from Education Tax Credits

  • Lenny McAllister, Nathan Benefield
  • April 30, 2019

Yesterday, the House Education Committee advanced legislation to expand Pennsylvania’s successful tax credit scholarship program. HB 800, sponsored by Speaker Mike Turzai, would increase the Educational Improvement Tax Credit…

Media

Read More: How Low-Income Students Benefit from Education Tax Credits

Education

Future Ready Index: A Tool That Can’t Be Used

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • April 19, 2019

The Data Quality Campaign recently released “Show Me the Data,” a comparison of state report cards in which Pennsylvania’s new Future Ready PA Index fared well. Released…

Media

Read More: Future Ready Index: A Tool That Can’t Be Used

Education

Gov. Wolf Blinded to Benefits of School Choice

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • April 16, 2019

Gov. Wolf’s 2019 budget promotes public and private options for pre-K and post-secondary education. He calls Pennsylvania’s post-secondary institutions “laboratories for innovation.” Most remarkably, the governor touts Pennsylvania Higher…

Media

Read More: Gov. Wolf Blinded to Benefits of School Choice

Education

Fight for Education Equality Marches On

  • Lenny McAllister
  • April 12, 2019

Education equality has been the civil rights issue during each unique chapter in America’s story—including today. Empowering parents with school choice options is a key step along our march for justice.

Commentary

Read More: Fight for Education Equality Marches On