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AFC Applauds Bipartisan Pennsylvania School Choice Proposal

Posted on Wednesday January 12, 2011 | Pennsylvania

Sweeping New Bill Would Expand Opportunities for Tens of Thousands of Children

January 12, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) — The American Federation for Children, one of America’s leading school choice advocacy organizations, today praised Williams and Piccola for moving boldly to address educational inequality in Pennsylvania, and for proposing legislation that would also increase the amount of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $25 million.

The EITC program currently serves more than 40,000 children, providing companies with tax credits when they donate to non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organizations. 

“Pennsylvania lawmakers are doing the right thing on behalf of thousands of children and families who lack access to the educational options they so desperately need,” said Betsy DeVos, AFC chairman. “Expanded opportunities like the ones contained in this bill are a huge step towards improving the education of children in Pennsylvania.  We hope that legislators around the country look to the example set by Pennsylvania and work towards giving every family access to educational opportunity.”

Williams and Piccola’s plan would be phased in over the course of three years, and the proposed cost to taxpayers would be lower than the traditional costs of educating children in the public school system.  If passed, the bill would provide access to a quality education for thousands of Pennsylvania children who would otherwise be forced to continue attending significantly underperforming schools.

The bill’s bipartisan unveiling follows a 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign in which both candidates, now-Governor-Elect Tom Corbett and his Democratic opponent, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, forcefully supported private school choice.

In addition to recognizing the legislative team responsible for the legislation, AFC also saluted the Students First PAC ( and REACH Alliance ( for their tireless advocacy on behalf of expanding school choice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.