The Catholic Diocese of Erie PA is thrilled to slurp at Governor Corbett’s school voucher trough, $50 MILLION dollars for parochial schools through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
Some officials in the Catholic Diocese of Erie are hoping a new statewide scholarship program will help spur interest in their schools by making them more accessible.
All of the diocese’s 40 schools are hoping to take part in the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, said the Rev. Nicholas Rouch, vicar for education.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the program into law in July, creating a pool of as much as $50 million in tuition scholarships across the state for the 2012-13 school year.
That program will provide as much as $8,500 in tuition assistance a year for most students or $15,000 a year for special education students.
To qualify, students must live within the attendance boundaries of schools listed as being in the bottom 15 percent in math and reading assessments, and their families must meet income guidelines.
Fourteen Erie School District schools are on that list, along with five schools in the Crawford Central School District and Union City Area High School.
Rouch said a total of 33 schools fell in that low-achieving category in the 13 counties covered by the diocese. He said the program could help boost diocesan schools.