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$2 Billion Cost and $8,000 Per Student: Pennsylvania School Tax Credit Plan Sparks Debate on Private vs. Public Education

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A proposed school tax credit plan in Pennsylvania has sparked a heated debate.

Tax Credit Plan Sparks Debate Over Private vs. Public Education

A contentious school tax credit plan has advanced to the Senate floor sparking a heated debate between Republicans and Democrats. The plan would allow parents to claim up to $8,000 per student as a tax credit potentially diverting millions from public schools to private education, according to the report of Just The News.

Senator Tracy Pennycuick, a Republican sees the plan as an opportunity for parents to make informed choices about their children’s education. Critics, however argue that it prioritizes private schools over public ones.

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Tax Credit Plan’s Cost and Priorities Spark Controversy

The plan’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward acknowledged that it could cost the state $2 billion annually, but isn’t sure how the administration arrived at that figure. Democrats like Senator Art Haywood condemn the plan as a “shameful approach” that ignores public education.

The plan differs from a previous $100 million school voucher proposal. Governor Josh Shapiro’s office hasn’t explained why it doesn’t support this new plan. Some lawmakers point to a recent court ruling that deemed Pennsylvania’s school funding formula inequitable. The debate will continue as lawmakers weigh competing priorities and proposals.

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