Jonathan Cetel is the founding executive director of PennCAN. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After weeks of much debate and little progress, the Pennsylvania legislature finally has a viable, bipartisan proposal to give low-income families better school options: the Educational Improvement Scholarship Credit program.

Click here to support this proposal.

The EISC program would offer $100 million worth of tax credits to businesses that give scholarships to low-income students living in the catchment area of failing schools to attend out-of-district public and private schools. It is built off of the widely popular and successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

Today, I sent this letter to Governor Corbett and leadership in the House and Senate urging them to back this vital escape hatch for low-income families. I need you to assist my efforts by telling Majority Leader Mike Turzai that you care about this legislation and he should, too.

Please click here to tell Rep. Turzai to enact the EISC program and fully fund it at $100 million before it’s too late for thousands of Pennsylvania’s students.

This is our last chance this session to make a meaningful difference for the kids most in need of great school options. Lawmakers say they want to expand high-quality school choices, but it’s up to us to make sure they do it before time runs out. Please take action today. 


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