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    Pennsylvania Final Push For School Choice

    06/20/2012

    Yesterday, the FreedomWorks Pennsylvania Field staff, Ana Puig and I, were in Harrisburg pushing HB2468 in the House. This is EITC/EISC program legislation which was introduced last week by Representive Jim Christiana. This legislation will phase in two components of a proposal to enhance school choice options in PA--The successful EITC program and an Educational Scholarship Credit Program (EISC) that is specifically aimed at rescuing students who are attending PA's lowest performing schools.

    This new program will provide $100 million in tax credits that would be used by low income and working class families who have students enrolled in persistantly violent and poorly performing schools. What distinguishes the EISC program is students would receive the full amount of tuition up to $8500 to attend the school of their choice. For children with disabilites the amount would be $15,000.

    We also delivered hundreds of letters from parents across the Commonwealth to various Representives asking them to suport this new School Choice Bill.

    Delivering several petitions to Representative Bernie O'Neil in his Harrisburg office

    Now is the time to give children trapped in failing schools a chance to attend a better school this Fall. From what we've heard, it looks like HB2468 has overwhelming support in the House and Governor Corbett is ready to sign a school choice bill into law. What we need now, from all of the grassroots activists who have been following this issue in Pennsylvania, is phone calls to their House Representatives and their Senators. Ask them to make School Choice a priority in the next week before they go home for Summer recess. This bill needs to be passed, together with the budget - time is of the essence!

    1 comments
    Jeremy
    06/20/2012

    I email my state congressman about school choice and got the following response:

    Good morning. Thank you for contacting me regarding school choice legislation. Several bills on the topic of school choice/school vouchers have been introduced this legislative session. I will keep your thoughts in mind if any school choice/vouchers legislation is brought before the full House for consideration. If you would like to personally follow legislation that has been introduced, please go the to the Pennsylvania Legislature website at www.legis.state.pa.us and under Find, under Legislation, click on Session Information and scroll down to Bill Information.

    If I can be of assistance to you on any other state-related issue, please contact my district office at 534-1323 or email me at jpayne106@pahousegop.com.

    State Representative John Payne
    Serving the 106th Legislative District

    District Office
    250 W. Chocolate Avenue
    Suite 2
    Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 534-1323
    Fax: (717) 534-1457

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    Is emailing politicians standardized letters from Freedomworks, or anywhere else, a waste of time? Especially when the politician sends an automated response back, that sounds like "Noted! Now go away and leave me alone!"...

    Does the politician's staffers keep tally of how many emails they get and what their about, and then take that into consideration when they vote?

    I'm just wondering if emailing congressman is a waste of time? Maybe time would be spent more effectively raising money... Money seems to be the only thing politicians take seriously...