Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebrating the EITC (And We’re NOT Talking About the Tax Code...)

If you happened to be in Harrisburg yesterday you might have come across a big birthday celebration.  And while turning 11 might not be an anchor year for many of us, for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), turning 11 years of age is not only an important milestone, but the program’s supporters used the occasion to call for expanded school choice options in the Keystone State.

Organized by the REACH Foundation, the celebration included appearances by Senators Jeff Piccola (R) and Tony Williams (D), two leaders in the Senate fighting for more education options in the Keystone State.  This bipartisan duo led the fight last year to enact Senate Bill 1, which would create the state’s first voucher program serving students from low-income families that attend persistently failing school districts.  The bill, which passed the Senate last year, but failed in the House, would also expand the EITC program.  And the legislation is still being considered this year.  In fact, the dozen elected officials that attended the celebration, called for expanding educational options in Pennsylvania.

The EITC is a corporate scholarship tax credit program that was enacted in 2001.  In the 2011-12 school year, more than 40,000 students participated in the program.

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

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