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  • Pennsylvania Working to Expand School Choice Options for Families

    Last month, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a landmark bill to allow children in the bottom 5 percent of schools to receive scholarships to attend a private school of their choice. The bill also lifts the cap on the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program—which provides tax credits to corporations that donate to scholarship organizations—$25 million in 2012 and another $25 million in 2014.

    Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, said the proposal brings “Pennsylvania closer to Milton Friedman’s vision of true school choice for all.”

    Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform, offered her praise as well:

    Today in the U.S., a growing number of policymakers are seeing increased student achievement in states that have adopted similar, bold initiatives. Pennsylvania is on the cusp of meaningful education improvement with this exciting development.

    Pennsylvanians can rest assured that their state’s push to provide more school choice options for families is backed by strong empirical evidence. Researchers continue to find that school choice improves student achievement while actually improving surrounding public schools. A growing body of literature about the value of school choice has been published in recent years, detailing the data in support of enhancing educational options for families. Increases in graduation rates, academic achievement, student safety, and parental satisfaction are among the many benefits, which also include placing competitive pressure on surrounding public schools to improve.

    Pennsylvania families are on the verge of having more school choice options available to them. This is a promising step forward for the state and another promising move forward during this historic “Year of School Choice.”

    Matt Larsen is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm


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    4 Responses to Pennsylvania Working to Expand School Choice Options for Families

    1. Tom says:

      Hooray PA… now can you work on getting rid of the inane laws burdening homschoolers?

    2. Thomas Schenk says:

      While I am all for school choice, once again we reward the bottom 5%. When will we learn that to reward those who are failing does not conform to human nature. If you want more students to do better at academics, reward those who through diligence have made the top 5% of their schools with scholarships for school choice. Why are we so afraid to reward virtue and achievement in our society? And why are we so quick to blame someone else other than the student for failure? Most of the time lack of achievement is an individual choice, not a problem of the system.

    3. Tom says:

      As I understand the article, it is the bottom 5% of SCHOOLS, not necessarily the bottom 5% of student performances, although they may be in similar groups.

    4. sarah says:

      how do i apply for this?????????????

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