Archive - Jun 17, 2011 - News Article
School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
"These are the go-getters. They are the people who have shaped our community," Frey said of the Hall of Fame honorees, noting that she knows many of them personally because of their participation in the election process, both as voters and as volunteers. She also encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.
Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is a great ally to have in support of Senate Bill 1, according to DuBois Area Catholic School President Fr. Rick Tomasone. Currently under consideration, S.B. 1 is legislation that would both increase funding for the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program and create Opportunity Scholarship Grants for students who meet specific income requirements to help offset the cost of tuition at the school of their choice. Scarnati is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Catholic schools in Pennsylvania provide education to over 7,000 students at 40 different locations, according to Erin Landini-Grogan, director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Erie.
Numerous business items were approved by the St. Marys Area School District school board during their recent meeting on Monday.
Among the items approved was a letter of agreement between the school district and Dickinson Mental Health Center for Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), a program used to develop and implement a cooperative relationship with the county's Children and Adolescent Service programs, providers, departments and school districts.