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Education scholarships provide ‘blessing’ for family

Dec 21, 2015

A grandmother seeking ways to help her daughter pay $4,000 in private school tuition for three children says her prayers have been answered. “We were struggling where we were,” said Marcia Lee. Read more about the Lee family and what winning the scholarship has meant for their family.

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How the state budget impasse is hurting these 6 nonprofits

Dec 21, 2015

CSFP and five other great nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBS SEPA), Philadelphia Futures, Free Library of Philadelphia Need in Deed, and Summer Search Philadelphia, organizations in Greater Philadelphia, stand to lose $150 million in educational funding if no budget is passed before year’s end. ‪#‎ScholarshipsNotPolitics‬

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News and Notes

Scholarships for the Holidays

Dec 16, 2015

“I can’t believe it. Let me catch my breath.” –new CSFP parent R. Burns on learning that her child was selected from CSFP’s random lottery for special “opening day” scholarships this month. On December 15, over 200 children learned that they would receive an extra holiday gift this year: financial assistance to great K-8th grade…

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The Art of Getting Opponents to “We”

Dec 7, 2015

Two seeming rivals, NEA President Becky Pringle and Jacqueline Hume Foundation Executive Director Gisele Huff, are working together on a vision that will re-imagine American education. Read on to see how their collaboration highlights the multi-faceted approach needed to improve our schools and the ways in which disparate groups are coming together, despite rivalries, in this New York Times Opinion piece.

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Letters: Budget bravado costing students

Dec 4, 2015

Lubin L’aventure & Seyna Mushington, two CSFP parents, speak about the budget impasse affecting organizations across Pennsylvania, including Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia- “All we want to do is for our kids to stay in schools we love. Governor, please don’t sacrifice their futures for political leverage.”

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CSFP Asks Governor Wolf to Release Tax Credit Approval Letters

Dec 3, 2015

More than 300,000 Pennsylvania children are at risk of losing much-needed educational services this year. CSFP and more than 700 other K-12th grade educational and scholarship programs in Pennsylvania are funded in large measure through the generosity of corporate donors utilizing two state tax credit programs: EITC and OSTC. The Governor’s office is not allowing…

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Events

MLK Day of Service – Application Distribution – January 16, 2016

Dec 2, 2015

CSFP will host a service project on January 16th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM to make Philadelphia families aware of our open scholarship application season. Volunteers from CSFP including the Parent Network, Young Friends and others will canvas Philadelphia neighborhoods and distribute CSFP scholarship applications and information to local businesses and organizations. Volunteer with…

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The Other School Choice

Dec 2, 2015

What do you think of when you hear the term “school choice”? Roxanne Patel Shepelavy of The Philadelphia Citizen profiles a CSFP family and examines what private school can mean for Philadelphia children.

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Wolf Risking Scholarships In Battle Over PA Budget

Nov 30, 2015

Nathan Benefield, Vice-President of Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation, criticized Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for using the budget impasse as a reason to not approve corporate tax credits that go to fund student scholarships. He insisted that the dispute over the budget does not have to be solved for these credits to be approved and move forward. Benefield stated that time is running out to get these funds in place.

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Nonprofits urge tax credit action

Nov 30, 2015

Nonprofits around Pennsylvania are raising the alarm that millions of dollars of tax credits towards PA organizational programs could be lost if the state doesn’t soon approve them, something the governor’s office says is being held up by the budget impasse.

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