Corbett calls for greater investment in education tax credit program

    As negotiations begin on the details for school reform in Pennsylvania, some advocates are calling for greater oversight of some education programs that may see an increase in funding.

    Governor Corbett wants to see the state put more money towards its Education Improvement Tax Credit program, or EITC.

    It gives tax write-offs to businesses that fund scholarships for private school students and extra programs for public schools.

    Wythe Keever, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said the group has no problem with the EITC at its current funding level.

    “However, if it’s going to be expanded significantly, there needs to be additional oversight and accountability,” said Keever.  “We don’t oppose or support EITC but we also want to point out the effectiveness of the program has never really been measured.”

    Advocates say current levels of oversight, like accounting reports that are sent to the state and to parents, are sufficient.

    The governor’s office says a legislation package will likely be based on a combination of bills.

    One measure passed in the state House would gradually increase the EITC funding from its current $75 million to $200 million.

     

    In the interest of disclosure, PSEA provides funding for WHYY’s coverage of state government issues.

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