Corbett’s education plan includes tax credits and vouchers

    Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett is in York today outlining his education plan. What does it include?

    vouchers for low-income students in poor-performing schools
    tax credits for businesses that fund scholarships
    a state-wide entity to oversee charter schools and reform teacher evaluations
    student achievement as a factor in teacher ratings

    Legislators and school leaders have wasted no time weighing in.

    “As it relates to his outlook on updating the EITC program, charter school governance, opportunity scholarships and the teacher evaluation process, the governor and I are in alignment on how to move forward,” Sen. Antony Hardy Williams said of the reform plan. Williams has been one of the more vocal lawmakers to express concerns over education cuts from the state.

    Update, 3:40 p.m. “It was very encouraging to hear Governor Corbett voice his support for the school voucher program and more EITC scholarship funding,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote in a release. “School choice is the right choice for Pennsylvania. It will give families the freedom to educate their children as they see fit, and it offers real alternatives for underprivileged families who seek to give their children a chance to succeed.”

    WHYY’s Mary Wilson will have more details on the plan for us later. Feed the Feed: What do you have to say about the basic outline of Corbett’s proposal?

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