TAXPAYER FUNDED VOUCHERS
In 2020-2021, PA’s EITC and OSTC programs diverted $190 million tax dollars into unaccountable private and religious schools.
Private/religious schools that receive EITC/OSTC funding are allowed to discriminate against and refuse to enroll students for any reason, including disability, race, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
There is no evidence that more than a billion tax dollars spent on these programs have had a positive impact on student achievement in the Commonwealth because state law prohibits the collection of information about students’ academic progress.
State law also explicitly prohibits the collection of information that would demonstrate whether or not the EITC/OSTC programs benefit children in poverty or help students in low-achieving schools attend higher achieving schools.
For an in-depth dive on this issue read the Keystone Research Center’s report,
Click HERE to learn how much your school district would receive if the legislature provided an additional $100 million in Basic Education Funding in the 2019-2020 budget instead of providing $100 million in new school vouchers through the EITC program.
Click the map below to see a map of organizations that receive funding for private/religious school vouchers through the EITC program. EITC scholarships provide significant additional educational resources for urban and suburban parts of the state. Many communities, mostly in rural areas, receive little or no benefit at all from the program.