May. 15, 2015

HARRISBURG—Legislation co-sponsored by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to expand tax credits that are giving students a chance at a better education has passed the House.

House Bill 752 would increase funding for the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program from $100 million to $170 million. The EITC program provides tax credits to businesses which make contributions to children in kindergarten through grade 12, organizations providing funding for innovative educational programs in public schools, and pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations offering scholarships to children enrolled in early learning programs.

“The EITC program has given thousands of Pennsylvania children the opportunity to participate in innovative educational programs,” Taylor said. “By expanding the EITC program, this bill will allow even more children to benefit.”

The bill would also increase funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program, which offers tax credits to businesses which make contributions to scholarship organizations that support children in low-performing school districts.

In addition, the House approved House Bill 499, which would address the misuse of the Praxis exam in the process of measuring college students’ performance. Intended as a measuring stick for teaching candidates who have already earned their diploma, the test is instead being inserted into the degree process, where it is considered part of a student’s grade.

Both bills now head to the Senate.

Representative John Taylor
177th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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