Oppose Senate Bill 2, the education savings account voucher scheme
PA lawmakers must oppose Senate Bill 2, legislation that would create a new and costly school voucher program known as education savings accounts (ESA vouchers).
ESA vouchers will siphon hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money out of public schools and into unaccountable private/religious schools and private companies. These vouchers will increase property taxes and reduce access to educational opportunities for all students in order to fund the private education of a few.
ESA vouchers enshrine discrimination against PA’s children into law. They allow private schools accepting taxpayer dollars to discriminate against students on the basis of gender, religion, and disability status. Students with disabilities, if they are permitted to enroll in a private school, must give up their rights under federal law to an appropriate education.
In addition, there is little transparency or accountability for the money that will be funneled into private entities, creating significant opportunities for the waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
Instead of driving money away from our public schools, which educate 90% of PA’s students, we need lawmakers to be investing in them. Please write to your lawmakers today and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 2 and other school voucher schemes.