We would like to thank lawmakers in the state House and Senate for their continued support of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). Education issues are always complex, and state lawmakers are working hard to improve how we teach children in Pennsylvania.

Issues remain, but it’s our hope legislators and Gov. Wolf can reach a compromise on an EITC escalator, which will ensure the future needs of students and their families are met. Last year, 67,000 students applied for an EITC scholarship. The state Department of Community and Economic Development estimates that about a third of those students went unfunded.

We need to do everything we can to help parents choose the school that will best serve the needs of their children. EITC has been critical in this regard and is a true success story for Pennsylvania.

(Eric Failing is executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, Harrisburg.)


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