Education Savings Accounts For PA Spotlighted

LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features a press conference held in Harrisburg this week on legislation that will be introduced to establish education savings accounts or ESA’s in Pennsylvania. Dauphin County Sen. John DiSanto is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 2. ESAs are state-funded, flexible spending accounts that parents can use to pay for Department of Education-approved educational expenses such as private school tuition, higher education tuition, textbooks and curriculum, testing and industry certifications. Eligible expenses for children with disabilities would also include occupational, physical, speech and behavioral therapies. Parents will receive the statewide average funding per pupil, between $5,000 and $6,000, and students with special needs will be eligible for additional support based on their disability. Unused funds roll over from one year to the next. Unspent ESA dollars can even be used to pay for college. Area state Senators Scott Martin and Mike Regan, along with Rep. Steven Bloom, join parents, students, and education advocates in support of the accounts. Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight airs at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN 1075Alive. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”

SEN. JOHN DISANTO

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