Martin Applauds Senate Action to Prioritize Parents Role in Students’ Education

HARRISBURG – Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) applauded today’s passage of two bills he prime sponsored that continues to prioritize the role of parents and families and give more flexibility to students pursuing college degrees without incurring unnecessary debt.

“Expanding educational opportunities for our students is a top legislative priority for me as chairman of the Senate Education Committee,” Sen. Martin said. “When families have the freedom to choose the school that works best for them, students can realize their full potential, instead of being left behind by a one-size-fits-all system. We shouldn’t disqualify or punish students by having to leave their school because of government pandemic assistance payment amounts received by their families.”

Senate Bill 931 excludes pandemic stimulus payments from a household’s income when determining eligibility for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.

Senate Bill 932 revises the definition of “school-related fees” so that students can use EITC and OSTC scholarships toward dual enrollment programs. This option gives Pennsylvania’s next generation of professionals the flexibility to pursue college degrees or access career training while minimizing excessive student loan debt.

“Together these bills give students more freedom to choose the educational opportunity that best aligns with their talents and ambitions,” Sen. Martin said. “No family should have to worry that one-time government handouts will close the door on a better future for their kids.”

Both bills have advanced to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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