Please Read and Forward When Voting on November 4, think about which candidate will support your right to give your kids and grandkids a Catholic/Christian education. Remember that Catholics already support the public schools through their property tax.  Remember, too, that Tom Corbett attended St. Mary of the Assumption School on Middle Road in Glenshaw. The candidate’s comments follow:

Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program:  Do you support these programs? Do you intend to cut the program or expand it?

Governor Tom Corbett

Over the past three years, I am proud that my administration has expanded the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $25 million. This program is critical in providing children from low-income families an opportunity to enroll in better performing public, private or parochial schools.

In 2012, I was honored to sign Act 85 which established the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program (OSTC). The OSTC provides $50 million in scholarship funding for low-income families so their children can leave underperforming schools and obtain the quality education they deserve. (OSTC and EITC are programs that provide tax credits to businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization.)

I remain committed to working with business leaders across the Commonwealth in expanding the countless opportunities afforded to Pennsylvania students through the EITC and OSTC.                                   

Tom Wolf

As governor, I will take a look at all of the State’s tax credits to ensure that we are not just rewarding special interests. I do not think that public tax dollars should be diverted from our public schools to create a back door voucher system. I will take a close look at both of these programs and examine how they impact public education funding.

When asked his opinion on whether tax dollars for education should follow the child to which ever school they choose, he stated “No, I disagree.”    We need a Governor who recognizes the value of a good education for our kids and your right to choose the school that will be best for your kids and grandkids.  That person is clearly not Mr. Wolf.