2024 Essay Contest
Deadline January 26, 2024
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PASS SCHOLARSHIP, YES OR NO
This year’s Pennsylvania budget negotiations focused on a new educational issue known as “PASS” – the “PENNSYLVANIA AWARD FOR STUDENT SUCCESS” scholarship program.
The program would give state-funded vouchers to eligible students who are enrolled in “low achieving” public schools and whose parents are low- income earners. The vouchers would be used for tuition at non-public schools.
The supporters of the proposal say that it would give students in low-performing school districts more choices in picking schools that might better serve their needs. Opponents say that the proposal would divert badly needed resources from the state’s public schools to private and religious schools.
What is your opinion on this critical issue facing the Commonwealth and what are the reasons for your opinion?