HARRISBURG – A Dauphin County lawmaker says PA’s parents should have decision-making power in the educational opportunities for their children, including access to the state funding that currently goes directly to public schools. Rep. Andrew Lewis held a press conference highlighting his House Bill 1. Called the Excellent Education for All Act, the bill would allow the roughly $6,000 the state pays per pupil to be placed into a scholarship account for that child, rather than going directly to the public school district in which the family resides. The Keystone Hope Scholarship would assist families who choose to homeschool students or enroll them in charter, private or parochial schools. House Bill 1 would also expand existing tax credit scholarship programs, reform and innovate charter schools, and protect coronavirus learning pods that grew in popularity as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed. The bill has been referred to the state House Education Committee.

REP. ANDREW LEWIS