Tax-Payer Funded Vouchers

Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs funnel $125 million tax dollars into unaccountable private and religious schools in PA every year.

These scholarships are marketed as offering low-income students increased educational opportunities and “choice.”

In reality:

  • Students in families that earn $106K/year are eligible for scholarships (these are not low-income students);
  • Scholarships may be awarded to students who are already in private school (this doesn’t offer new opportunities); and
  • Private/religious schools that receive this taxpayer funding are allowed to discriminate against any student for any reason (schools have a choice, not students).

To learn more, read our Mythbusting Tax Credits in the EITC/OSTC programs:

For an in-depth dive on this issue read the Keystone Research Center’s report, “Still no accountability with taxpayer funded vouchers for private/religious schools.

With a hope for change, here's what your school district would receive if lawmakers provided $55M in new PUBLIC school funding instead of $55M in new funding for private schools.