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Tuition Voucher Advocate Calls Alternative A ‘Distraction’

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Reaffirming his support for vouchers, the state Senate majority leader calls a “distraction” the bill passed by the House Tuesday that would expand a tax credit program that encourages businesses to fund scholarships for private school tuition.

The House bill that would expand the EITC, or Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, is considered a less controversial alternative to a bill in the Senate that would create a tuition voucher program for students. But while the Senate voucher bill also has an EITC component, Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi – the Senate majority leader – says the House bill does not fit in the Senate’s plan or the governor’s plan to expand educational opportunities for children.

“So it really is a distraction from the main focus of trying to bring school choice to Pennsylvania in the form of scholarships – vouchers, if you will,” Pileggi says.

Pileggi says conversations about the voucher bill between the governor and House leaders will continue and he says the Senate will advance that bill when those negotiations are complete.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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