Thursday, February 16, 2012

Data Snapshot: Pennsylvania

With the release of the Alliance for School Choice's School Choice Yearbook 2011-12 (available for download here), we'll spend the next few days on School Choice Now! highlighting some of the new data and research it contains.

Pennsylvania has one scholarship tax credit program that serves more than 40,000 students.

2011 Results
  • Number of School Choice Programs: 1
  • Total Number of Students: 40,879
  • Total Number of Participating Schools: Not Available
  • Total Expenditures: $48,242,880
Educational Improvement Tax Credit

2011-12 School Year Data Update
  • Scholarships Awarded: 40,879
  • Schools Participating: Not Available
  • STOs Operating: 234
  • 2011 Expenditures: $48,242,880
    Growth in Student Participation

2012 Outlook
Pennsylvania is on the cusp of enacting strong school choice legislation.  Last session, the Senate passed legislation expanding the state’s scholarship tax credit program and enacting opportunity scholarships for students from low-income families that are stuck in failing schools.  Governor Corbett is committed to making school choice a legislative priority and the state’s legislature will continue to debate school choice in 2012.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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