Category Archive: Vouchers

Join for a quick update on Harrisburg’s plans for public education

From Education Voters of PA, don’t miss out on this opportunity today. Over the next month, PA lawmakers and Governor Wolf will be negotiating a budget that is supposed to be signed into law by June 30th. What happens over the next month could have a profound impact on Pennsylvania’s educational landscape. And lawmakers appear to […]

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Peter Greene: Vouchers Are About Abandoning Public Education, Not Freeing Parents

Peter Greene: Vouchers Are About Abandoning Public Education, Not Freeing Parents

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ALERT: Tell PA lawmakers—Choose public schools, not DeVos vouchers

Dear BASD Proud Parents, From our friends at Education Voters of PA Pennsylvania lawmakers are preparing to join Betsy DeVos in attempting to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to advance their school privatization agenda. The House Education Committee has announced that on Thursday, October 1st, its members will  vote on House Bill 2696, legislation that would use $500 […]

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$100 million more for PA’s “secret school tax”

From our friends at Education Voters of PA: The PA House Education Committee passed what appears to be a top education priority for many lawmakers this year: a massive increase in taxpayer-funded school vouchers that benefit wealthy families. These lawmakers are not prioritizing an additional $100 million to help schools meet extensive safety needs. They are […]

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Backpack Full of Cash Screening

You Are Invited to A Free Screening presented by BASD Proud Parents and the Bethlehem Area School District MARCH 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  NITSCHMANN MIDDLE SCHOOL Discussion to Follow “BACKPACK FULL OF CASH” DOCUMENTARY – Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon, BACKPACK explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools. Before the 2016 […]

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ICYMI – School Voucher Tax Shelter

Did you know that some Pennsylvania businesses can turn a tidy profit when they make contributions to school voucher programs? It’s true. When businesses contribute to scholarship/private school voucher organizations through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (EITC/OSTC) programs they receive a double dip of tax giveaways that can be worth more than the amount […]

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OpEd in The Morning Call by our Own Julie Gallagher and Karen Beck Pooley

Read the OpEd Here  

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ESA Voucher Bill Set for Vote Tuesday, May 22

Tell your Senator to vote NO on ESA vouchers…Again! Yes, they are trying one more time.  The Senate Education Committee has just announced its intention to vote on Senate Bill 2 (Sen. DiSanto, R-Dauphin) this coming Tuesday, May 22. This bill establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools […]

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Vote No: Setting the Record Straight on ESA Vouchers and Senate Bill 2

A plan introduced as Senate Bill 2 by Senator John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools to be used for private schools and vendors. ESA proposals have been introduced in various states and have been dubbed by the National Conference of […]

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SB2 – Voucher Vote Delayed, Senate Ed Committee Changed

An October Morning Call article had this to say: According to calculations by the PSEA, Allentown, Bethlehem Area and Easton Area school districts would stand to lose nearly $50 million annually. Allentown would have seen almost $27 million go into the education savings account if the bill had been law in 2015-16 and a third of […]

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