There is a heightening concern with regards to not having an approved PA budget and the subsequent withholding of EITC/OSTC approval letters by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). To fnd out what you can do, click here!
For information on HB1510 & SB974, Textbook Ordering, School Choice Week, EITC Birthday Rally, and for a letter from an administrator, download our December Newsletter!
To get critical information on this bill that is threatening our religious liberties, be sure to attend our special webinar with PA Family Institute Attorney Randall Wenger on December 11 at 3:30. Click this link on December 11 to join the webinar. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants!
Both the House and Senate in PA have introduced legislation (HB1510 and SB974) in the past along with other variations of those bills that will restrict religious freedoms and impose a serious threat to individuals, businesses, Christian Schools, and Ministries that have faith based beliefs about marriage. These bills will create special rights for sexual orientation and gender identity that will supersede the religious rights of our schools to operate with mission based hiring and programming. It increases intolerance and discriminates against people of faith! This same type of law has forced Christian adoption agencies and foster care ministries out of business in other states simply because they adhered to church teaching that children should be placed in homes with a mother and a father.
Please take a minute to contact your legislators and the Governor, letting them know you oppose these laws. Visit our Voter Voice action center to contact your officials now!
For more information, check out some of these resources:
* No Religious Protections
* The Real Impacts of HB1510 / SB974 on People of Faith
* "The Fairness Act"
Contact your Senators and the Governor
Let your PA Senators and the Governor know you support HB 752 which proposes a 100 million dollar increase to the EITC and OSTC Programs. These tax credits support our scholarship program at our school! Send your note of support at https://www.votervoice.net/ACSI/campaigns/40789/respond as soon as you are able. Please check the box that allows you to get further updates from ACSIPA!.
Click to Thank Legislators for supporting EITC/OSTC: On the ACSIPA VoterVoice Website: https://www.votervoice.net/ACSIPA/campaigns/36809/respond on website.On Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/votervoice/?vvfbid=c0533601-19a6-4c85-a1c9-7df9eab9c7a6&IssueID=36809
View the PA Secretary of Education's Remarks at the PACAPE Teacher-Administrator Awards Dinnerhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152434973764645&set=vb.719709644&type=2&theater
The Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PACAPE) announced the finalists and winners of the inaugural Teacher and Administrator Recognition Awards at a ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg May 7, 2014.The celebration was part of a special day in Harrisburg that included a rally in support of the successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. These recognition awards were open to any private school teacher or administrator from across the Commonwealth.
PHOTO CAPTION: 2014 PA-CAPE Teacher and Administrator Award Winners – (front row, l to r) Barbara Shughart, West Shore Christian Academy, Shiremanstown, PA; Cathy Spory, Johnstown Christian School, Hollsopple, PA; Diane Hediger, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove, PA. (back row, l to r) Timothy Waxenfelter, Quigley Catholic High School, Baden, PA; Maureen Thiec, Delone Catholic High School, McSherrystown, PA; Besie Katz, Politz Hebrew Academy, Philadelphia, PA.
EITC/OSTC Support Rally May 7thIt is not too late for you to consider bringing a group to the Rally. The Rally is on May 7th at noon on the front steps of the Capitol. This is a significant event that communicates a message to legislators that the EITC program is very important to us. By not engaging in this event, we communicate a dispassionate interest on behalf of the program and a missed opportunity to honor legislators that have fought hard to advocate on behalf of this legislation.
This Senate vote was successful in continuing to assert that Child Care Certificate Programs are important for Religious and Private Providers! Thank you for your support.
The Senate is likely to vote TODAY (March 12) on bipartisan Amendment # 1819 by Sens. Tim Scott R-SC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The amendment would clarify that the CCDBG program continues to support the use of child care certificates for services in faith-based settings as well as other distinctive settings, such as Montessori programs and Waldorf programs. Please help generate phone calls and emails to senators on this bill.