Pennsylvania General Assembly Supports Increased Educational Opportunities

Pennsylvania General Assembly Supports Increased Educational Opportunities

Thousands of Pennsylvania students would have access to more educational opportunities thanks to an expansion of the successful Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed House Bill 800, which nearly doubles the number of credits available for the program from $110 million to $210 million.

This would be the largest one-year increase in the program since its inception in 2001. The scholarship program serves nearly 38,000 students statewide and has routinely had long waiting lists of families hoping to pursue educational options. The program is funded by voluntary donations from businesses that are eligible to receive a state tax credit in return.

In addition to a modest increase in income eligibility for the program, HB 800 also adds a provision that would automatically increase the number of credits available to the program based on family and donor demand.

“Education is not one-size-fits-all. The continued long waiting list for the Education Improvement Tax Credit is proof that more low-income and middle-class Pennsylvania families are demanding education options for their children.

“ExcelinEd in Action appreciates the support of Speaker Mike Turzai, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the 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 

Governor Tom Wolf has 10 days to sign the bill and ensure that thousands of students are provided the opportunity they need to access an education that fits their unique needs.

For more information on tax-credit scholarships and private school choice, watch ExcelinEd’s Opportunity Learning Hub videos.