On May 23, 2022, a joint opposition letter regarding HB 2169 was sent by the Pennsylvanians Against Vouchers (POV) Coalition to the full PA Senate. Also attached was the HB 2169 FAQ from POV.
PAPSA signed on to the letter, which can be accessed by clicking here.
To view the FAQs, click here.
The Senate Education Committee sunshined a May 24th committee meeting to consider HB 2169. However, HB 2169 was pulled from the meeting agenda prior to the meeting.
Previously, on April 27th the PA House passed HB 2169 with a vote of 104-98. This was an unprecedented vote, since voucher legislation had never before passed the PA House. The bill has been considered a tuition scholarship program that uses public funds to provide private school alternatives for students enrolled in the state’s lowest-performing public school districts. Known as the Lifeline Scholarship program, the bill would allow an enrollee to be eligible to use their share of state funding for use at a private school. The proposed bill defines an eligible student as a child who has not yet received a high-school diploma, currently resides in the attendance areas of a low-achieving school (the bottom 15% of public schools as measured by performance on standardized testing); and one of the following: attending a public in PA in the preceding school year; received funds from the program in the preceding school year; will attend first grade for the first time in the next school year; a child in foster care; a child whose adoption decree is not more than one year prior to submission of an application, OR a child of full-time active duty military personnel. Federal funding and school district tax monies would not be available for use.
Updated May 24, 2022.