HARRISBURG – The PA House Education Committee approved legislation that would provide scholarships to students attending schools in the bottom 15% of performance in PA. House Bill 2169 would establish the Lifeline Scholarship to give qualified students the resources to pursue a high-quality education that meets their needs. Bill sponsor, Potter County Rep. Clint Owlett says it helps families have the choice for the best education. Under the bill, students in the low performing districts would be eligible to receive a scholarship to offset costs associated with choosing an alternative academic setting that meets their child’s learning needs. The student would receive only the state portion of funding to use toward an education elsewhere. The federal funds and local property tax funds would stay with the school district, giving it more money to invest in improvements to better serve its remaining students and help it climb out of the low performance metrics. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

REP. CLINT OWLETT