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Pa. Tax Credits For Private School Donations Going Unused, Advocate Says

(Dr. Alberta Wilson, second from left, in brown overcoat.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

(Dr. Alberta Wilson, second from left, in brown overcoat. Photo by Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —      Proponents of nonpublic schools have set up a forum for businesses to learn about Pennsylvania’s scholarship tax credit program.

Dr. Alberta Wilson, program manager for the Christian-based Capstone Legacy Foundation, wants businesses to know they can get a credit on their corporate taxes if they donate to parochial or private school scholarship organizations.

She says the state has an unusued pool of money, available for tax credits.

“There’s $22.8 million still sitting there, waiting for somebody to come and use it and direct it to kids,” Wilson (second from left in photo) said today.

Under the program, students living within the boundary of low-achieving schools are eligible for scholarships.

A forum is scheduled for Thursday morning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall.

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