On Oct. 24, the state Senate Education Committee tried to pass Senate Bill 2 – a tuition voucher bill that would drain more than $500 million in state funding from school districts and give it to students to use at non-public schools.
After they got more than 5,000 emails from PSEA members, senators ended up defeating it in committee. But the bill is certain to come back for another vote.
Senate Bill 2: The Facts
Impact on school districts
The voucher scheme proposed in SB 2 would siphon more than $500 million from school districts.
In many cases, these cuts are even worse than the impact of nearly $1 billion in state budget cuts for public schools in 2011-12.
Find out how SB 2 would impact schools in your community. NOTE: Estimates reflect the impact on school districts if only one-third of eligible students enroll in the new voucher program.
SB 2 would cost Allentown School District $26.9 million.
SB 2 would cost Erie School District $14.7 million.
SB 2 would cost Harrisburg School District $12 million.
SB 2 would cost Lancaster City schools $16 million.
SB 2 would cost Reading schools $32 million.
SB 2 would cost York City schools $11 million.
"It's extremely disappointing that state senators think voting on tuition voucher schemes should be a priority. This one could cut more than $500 million from school districts that need funding the most."