TAXPAYER FUNDED VOUCHERS
Pennsylvania has two programs that provide students with taxpayer-funded vouchers to private and religious schools: the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. Since their inception in 2001, the EITC and OSTC programs have provided more than $2 billion
In 2022-2023 the EITC and OSTC programs will provide $340 million to private scholarship organizations, which award tuition vouchers to families whose children attend private and religious schools.
State law explicitly prohibits the collection of information about who benefits from these programs, so there is no evidence that EITC/OSTC programs benefit children in poverty or help students in low-achieving schools attend higher achieving schools.
Private and 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 TWO 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.
Click HERE for a chart of funding increases for the EITC and OSTC programs since 2001
For an in-depth dive on this issue read the Keystone Research Center’s report,
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.