On August 1, 2012, the Department of Education sent information regarding the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program. However, one of the documents contained an error. Attached to this email and also accessible on PDE’s website. The corrected version of the Overview, attached to this notice, is required to be placed onto your school website. The Overview document has been updated to clarify language on the awarding of scholarships and transportation. All other information contained in the overview document remains the same.
The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012. This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15 percent of their designation as an elementary or secondary school based on the combined math and reading scores on the previous school year’s PSSA.