Next Monday, November 18, the House Education Committee is scheduled to vote on voucher legislation under House Bill 1800 (Rep. Turzai, R-Allegheny). House Bill 1800 establishes a voucher program for students in the Harrisburg School District, which entered state receivership in June. The legislation sets a precedent for expansion in other districts – and in fact, using the definitions in the bill there are 13 school districts that would qualify for the voucher program if they enter receivership.

Enactment of House Bill 1800 sets the stage for the eventual rollout of an expensive statewide voucher program. Adding tuition and transportation outlays, House Bill 1800 is estimated to cost the Harrisburg School District $5.5 million to $8.5 million. Could your district be next?  Once this bill is reported out of the House Education Committee, it is expected to be pushed on the House floor.  Please contact your representatives immediately and tell them to reject vouchers and vote NO on this bill.

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