Tuition Voucher Advocate Calls Alternative A ‘Distraction’

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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  • jason

    Grumpy, would you prefer to keep funding the highly successful public school model in Philadelphia? If I had to pay (and we do), I would prefer to fund a more academically successful endeavor…but that’s just me

    • grumpy

      Jason, I can see your frustration being in the Phila. School district. But it does seem like an unlevel field: Private schools can throw out the trouble makers but the public schools can’t. This issue needs to be straightened out. Maybe, just maybe it could improve the situation that you face in the Philadelphia School System……I hope.

  • grumpy

    Does this mean that tax payers will actually be subsidizing private and religious schools?

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