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Senate Bill 1 Would Provide New Options for Families
Senate Bill 1 has three major parts: an opportunity scholarship program for low-income students trapped in failing schools, reforms to Pennsylvania's current charter school law, and an expansion of the popular and successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Opportunity scholarships would be available beginning next year for students in low-achieving schools ranked in the bottom five percent. Beginning in year two, opportunity scholarships would be available for all students in schools in the bottom five percent.
The EITC program would increase from $75 million to $100 million in the first year and to $125 million in year three. This empowers parents to choose the best educational setting for their children and allows local businesses to contribute to programs they believe in and receive a tax credit in return. That is a win-win proposition for our kids and our job creators.
To hear my Senate floor remarks in support of Senate Bill 1 click here.
More information about specific provisions of SB 1 can be found by clicking here. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
While this is a landmark piece of legislation, there are other major education pieces that deserve to be voted, mandate relief for public schools being a prime example.
Governor Corbett has expressed support for an education reform agenda, including the items that are contained in Senate Bill 1, but to date has not endorsed the specific provisions.
Constituent Meeting Scheduled for November 10
My next Constituent Meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at the Manheim Township Public Library in the Morgan Program Center, Room C, located at 595 Granite Run Drive in Lancaster. Please join in this community conversation.
I hold these meetings regularly to talk about issues involving our area and state government and to hear your input and concerns. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November 7 to the Lancaster District Office at (717) 397-1309.
Senator for a Day Program Helps Students Get Involved
One of my most enjoyable responsibilities as a legislator is informing young people about voting and public policy issues and getting them involved in their government. That is the aim of my annual Senator for A Day Program for high school students. This year's event will be held Friday, November 4, at the State Capitol.
Students play the role of senators, serving on committees and developing positions on current topics, such as school choice, anti-bullying programs, and teen driving laws. Their bills are then presented to the Senate in a general session for a final vote.
Students find this participation exercise more involving and educational than merely listening to presentations from Harrisburg insiders.