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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2019 04:18 PM
From: Representative Andrew Lewis
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsor Memo - ESA Program for Military Families
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to create Military Education Scholarship Accounts, an Education Scholarship Account (ESA) for students in military families.

I believe children deserve an education that best fits their individual needs. Unfortunately, good schooling options are not always attainable for many Pennsylvania families. Military families, especially, face difficult circumstances: Frequent reassignments bring dramatic changes and an unpredictable education environment for students. A parent-controlled, state-administered ESA is the best means to ensure parents can choose what school best fits their child’s needs wherever they are stationed.

Under my bill, a child residing in PA whose parent or guardian is on full-time active-duty in the US Armed Forces, is a member of the National Guard and reserve on active duty, or was killed in the line of duty will be eligible for a Military Education Scholarship Account.

The Military Education Scholarship Account will be controlled by the parents and administered by the state. The amount deposited in the account will be a percentage of the state’s per pupil education subsidy. Families will be able to use the money for a variety of educational services, including: Tuition, tutoring, online programs, therapy, curriculum, and textbooks.

I appreciate your consideration of this bill and I look forward to working with you to provide the best education options for the children of the men and women of our armed forces living in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB1296