On May 7, 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass an education tax credit program by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) reduces tax liability for businesses, while raising scholarship funds for students.
On May 2, 2018, Miss Alati’s American Government Class attended the 17th Annual EITC Birthday Rally sponsored by the REACH Foundation. Miss Alati's class has attended the rally for the past 12 years. She views this trip as an important lesson in American Government and examples of our First Amendment Rights: 1) Freedom of Speech, 2) Freedom of Assembly, and 3) Freedom to petition the government.
The high energy rally is held on the steps of the Capital Building in Harrisburg. It draws groups from Pennsylvania schools, businesses and religious organizations. The annual celebration highlights a highly successful program that gives school choice to parents and students. Over the past 17 years, nearly $900 million has been raised for scholarship money helping low and middle class families afford quality education.
Students and others were encouraged to get involved by writing letters to editors and legislators to support renewal of this legislation. Area businesses work together to prepare our younger generations for a brighter future. More than 40,000 Pennsylvania students each year are able to choose the school that best fits their needs because of the EITC program.
EITC authorizes a 75-90% tax credit for businesses that make contributions to Educational Improvement Organizations. For the past 15 years, ACCHS has received EITC funds for financial aid that has directly benefitted our students.
Business owners interested in finding out more about the EITC scholarship program may contact Jen Heidenwolf in the ACCHS Development Office at 610-437-4601, ext. 108.