More Pennsylvania students may soon have access to new educational opportunities through a $100 million increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, proposed in legislation championed by Speaker Mike Turzai and passed by the House today.
This would be the largest one-year increase in the program since its inception in 2001. The scholarship program, which is funded by voluntary donations from businesses that receive a state tax credit in return, has routinely had long waiting lists of families hoping to pursue educational options.
HB 800 also adds a funding escalator to the program, ensures more dollars go to student scholarships than to administrative overhead and increases the income limit so that more families qualify for the program.
“Regardless of income or where they live, families deserve the power to find the best educational fit for their children’s unique needs. When students thrive, our entire state benefits. With this funding increase, thousands of additional Pennsylvania families are one step closer to being able to select the best learning environment for their children through the tax credit scholarship program.
“ExcelinEd in Action appreciates the support of Speaker Mike Turzai, the House of Representatives and so many other partners who champion this program and worked diligently to help Pennsylvania students and their families.”
Ashley DeMauro Mullins, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action
To underscore the importance of this scholarship program, hundreds of students and educational opportunity supporters are at the Capitol today to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the EITC program at a rally organized by the REACH Foundation.
For more information on tax-credit scholarships and private school choice, watch ExcelinEd’s Opportunity Learning Hub videos.