Key Issue: Vouchers

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Key Issue: Vouchers

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In October 2017, 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 senators got more than 5,000 emails from PSEA members, the bill failed to advance out of committee.

In December 2017, the committee listed SB 2 for another vote but cancelled it after news broke that Senate leaders planned to replace a senator on the committee who opposed the bill with a senator who supported it.  The bill is certain to come back for another vote in 2018.

Send a message to your state senator to oppose this voucher scheme:

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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.

$26.9 million

SB 2 would cost Allentown School District $26.9 million.

$14.7 million

SB 2 would cost Erie School District $14.7 million.

$12 million

SB 2 would cost Harrisburg School District $12 million.

$16 million

SB 2 would cost Lancaster City schools $16 million.

$32 million

SB 2 would cost Reading schools $32 million.

$11 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."

- Dolores McCracken, PSEA President