HARRISBURG — Committee members voted 7-4 on Tuesday to advance the measure to the Senate floor.

That same voting pattern held for the approval of another bill that proposes a financial literacy course be added as a high school graduation requirement. A unanimous vote moved a bill to establish a recovery fund to “upskill working-age adults for the post-COVID workforce.”

These bills, too, now move to the Senate floor for consideration, as do bills proposing parental notification for school materials deemed sexually explicit and another barring classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter, and Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, introduced the voucher bill.

According to data previously provided by Owlett’s office, 382 individual schools in 35 counties made the list of low-achieving schools in 2022-23 that would be eligible for Lifeline Scholarships. Nearly half are in Pennsylvania’s two most populous counties: 43, Allegheny County; and 143, Philadelphia County.

Opponents of the Lifeline Scholarships fear the loss of state funds could devastate public schools. Supporters say the program affords choice and fiscal support to families geographically bound to poorly performing schools.

If approved, the program would begin in the 2023-24 school year, one year later than originally proposed.

School districts would retain a transferring student’s share of local and federal funds.

Pennsylvania spent an average of $19,224 per pupil in 2019-20 with about $7,068 from the state, according to the state Department of Education.

Rich Askey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, previously estimated the measure could remove $170 million annually from public education if 10% of eligible students become Lifeline Scholars.

An amendment by Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren, would require each scholarship account to be audited at least once every two years. It also assigns fraud inspection and prosecution to the state Inspector General.

The House gave final approval to the bill in April. It’s not a measure supported by Gov. Tom Wolf, who could choose to veto it should it make it through the state Senate.

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