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Governor Corbett, Archbishop Chaput Tout New Education Initiative

Governor Tom Corbett (seated left, front) and Archbishop Charles Chaput (seated, right). (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Governor Tom Corbett (seated left, front) and Archbishop Charles Chaput (seated, right). (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – At Bonner and Prendergast High School today, Governor Corbett joined Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and community leaders to celebrate a new law that provides scholarships to children in low performing schools to attend private and parochial schools.

The Governor and Archbishop led a rally that comes months after passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit.

Chaput says this is only the first step. “We stand strong and ready to make OSTC a landmark program in Pennsylvania and a model for other states.”

The next step is the launch of E20K, a program to restore enrollment at secondary schools to 20,000. OSTC is a controversial program because it’s funded by what’s expected to be $50 million in business tax credits. Critics have accused Corbett of launching a war on public education, a charge that he vehemently denies.

“What there is is a fight to end failing schools and produce schools of all denominations that produce young men and women who will become the next generation of leaders.”