Tag: Pennsylvania and school choice

No real education reform without school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, appeared Wednesday on Pittsburgh’s post-gazette.com. Flooding public schools with more money won’t deliver educational opportunity for every student. Equitable opportunity requires that every student has access to the educational environment that best meets their needs. And the[Read More…]

Pennsylvania Court ruling a massive win for education choice advocates

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Monday on inquirer.com. After a more than eight-year slog, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed what the Pennsylvania Constitution has said all along: Kids deserve their education to be about a “meaningful opportunity,” not a flawed and antiquated system. The ruling is a victory, especially for[Read More…]

In union stronghold Pennsylvania, Democratic nominee supports school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on thecentersquare.com. Support for more education funding isn’t a rarity among Democrats nationally, but Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro is standing out – for his support of school choice. On the campaign trail, Shapiro has emphasized his support for a “strong education system” and plans[Read More…]

The historic expansion of tax credit scholarships is a win for Pennsylvania students

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, appeared Sunday on pennlive.com. Pennsylvania’s new state budget includes a historic $125 million expansion of two successful scholarship programs—the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC). This expansion will provide 31,000 more students[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Cyber charter school provides my daughter with the safety and security she desperately needs

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Pennsylvania mother and founder of Pennsylvania Families for Education Choice Sharon Sedlar was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. In kindergarten and first grade, our daughter Virginia was energetic, fearless, quick-witted, and smart. But in second grade, something changed.[Read More…]

Education voucher program works its way through Pennsylvania Senate

Editor’s note: This article appeared Thursday on thecentersquare.com. The Pennsylvania General Assembly has moved another step closer to creating a scholarship program for students in underperforming schools to transfer elsewhere. House Bill 2169, which narrowly passed in the House in April, would grant a $6,800 Lifeline Scholarship to students in[Read More…]

Commonwealth Foundation calls for expanded school choice policies in 23-point legislative agenda for 2023

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on City & State Pennsylvania’s website. You can read the Commonwealth Foundation’s full plan here. A Harrisburg free-market think tank unveiled its 2023 legislative agenda this week, which proponents say is backed by polling data and could help revitalize the commonwealth – if lawmakers[Read More…]

Pennsylvania can keep the education choice wave advancing

Editor’s note: Myles Slade-Bowers is a student at High Point University in North Carolina and a Future Leaders Fellow with the American Federation for Children. He benefited from a school choice tax credit scholarship in Pennsylvania and now fights to expand those opportunities to students like himself. When I was[Read More…]