Erie School District officials fear new Senate bill

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The Erie School District is fearing an effort in the State Senate to create education savings accounts.

The plan is Senate Bill 2 and would set aside state tax dollars for students in poor-performing districts to use at non-public schools.  The money could also be used to pay tutors and buy textbooks.  For the Erie School District, Superintendent Brian Polito says passage of this bill would drain money away from the district and be financially devastating.  “So, right now, we have about 2,000 students who are in non-public or parochial schools.  If those students became eligible for that program, the district would lose about $17.5 million a year and not see any reduction in students… it would be devastating.”

State Senator Dan Laughlin has indicated he is a “firm no” vote on the proposal to create education savings accounts.

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