House Bill 1207 will improve the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs and make a significant difference to our children and families.
OU Advocacy-PA has launched the Pennsylvania Educational Tax Credit Coalition, bringing together organizations within the Commonwealth that work to ensure the ongoing funding of Pennsylvania’s tax credit tax programs.
OU Advocacy’s work with Pennsylvania legislators promoting a solution for a “hiccup” within the Safe School Legislation—passed last summer—that prevented Jewish day schools and other non-public schools from participating in a grant program for school resource officers culminated with Governor Corbett signing Senate Bill 1194 into law today. The amendment to the Safe School Legislation will significantly improve non-public schools’ access to school resource officers and potentially provide millions of dollars for Jewish day school security funding.
Walking through the halls of the Pennsylvania statehouse on Wednesday, 300 members of Pennsylvania’s Jewish community, including 200 high school students, conveyed to legislators how indispensable the Commonwealth’s tax credit programs and the security legislation are for Jewish day schools. The advocacy mission to Harrisburg was organized by the Pennsylvania team of OU Advocacy, the Orthodox Union’s non-partisan public policy arm.
Espousing their commitment to education, but differing widely on their responses about the educational tax credit programs and funding formulas for education, Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates replied candidly to OU Advocacy-PA’s questions about their visions for the Commonwealth. These responses are now available as OU Advocacy-PA’s Gubernatorial Voter Guide.