On a cloudy day in May, hundreds of students and parents gathered on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Attendees heard the story of a student who found stability and safety in the school of their choice, changing the entire family’s future. One graduating senior who benefited from the tax credit program said, “I’m ready to move into the world.”
Attendees chanted, “What do we want? School choice! When do we want it? Now!” They heard from Senator Scott Wagner and Representative Stan Saylor, who attended the rally even though the legislature was not in session.
Tens of thousands of students have been able to choose their school thanks to EITC and its companion program, The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, which focuses on families who live in underperforming school districts.
However, there are many more who are turned away due to lack of funding. As our elected officials consider the state budget, please click here to ask them to remember these families who want to choose the education that best suits their children but are currently left out of this program.