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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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Press

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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In Philly rally, dozens call on Wolf to fast-track scholarship process

Nov 25, 2015

A crowd of parents, students and educators held up signs and chanted, “Scholarships, not politics,” outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia. Scholarships for low-income students are at risk of disappearing because of a holdup in tax credit approvals. Read article here or listen below.

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Rally for education scholarships set for Monday

Nov 23, 2015

CSFP joins other scholarship organizations for a rally at Governor Wolf’s office on November 23. Organizers hope to urge lawmakers into action for the release of approval letters necessary to provide educational tax credit funding to hundreds of organizations across the state.

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Budget Standoff Holds Scholarship Program Hostage

Nov 20, 2015

CSFP released applications for its school year 2016-2017 random lottery on November 18, but may not be able to issue as many awards as planned due to complications with the PA budget impasse. What does this mean for low-income Philadelphia families?

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Chaput Urges Catholics to Lobby Wolf on Tax Credits

Nov 20, 2015

CSFP distributes scholarships to families, who then choose from over 160 private and parochial schools to which they send their children with our support. Like CSFP did, this week Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput made a call to action for Philadelphia families to tell Governor Wolf how PA tax credits affect their children’s education.

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