EITC - Tax Credit Subsidy

Julie Ambrose in the Media


By Julie K. Ambrose, February 11, 2020


The problem with using public money for religious schools

Julie explains the relevance of the Supreme Court case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue to the PA school choice and tax credit issue.  She provides a brief history of the purpose of public education and draws attention to her research findings that the PEITC appears to increase education and income inequality in PA due to its design.


Julie Ambrose

interviewed by

Andrea Lawful Sanders at 12:04 PM, January 7, 2020

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(Advance to 12:04 PM)


Julie discusses the Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds that disproportionately benefit private schools and enrolled students, and the 2019 effort by GOP legislators to dramatically increase tax credit funds with little transparency or accountability.

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By Avi Wolfman-Arent,

June 26, 2019

‘Trapped’ on the Main Line: Expensive private schools benefit from Pa. tax credits but report zero low-income students

Julie contributes to the story pointing out that this policy is designed NOT to collect information on where the money is going, the family incomes of those receiving scholarships, or student performance data.  It appears much of the money goes to schools with few low-income students.



EITC bill is ‘runaway spending masked as corporate philanthropy’

Julie's OpEd points out the disconnect between the purported claims of EITC proponents and the lived reality of the program. She offers policy design modifications to help extend benefits to needy students.

By Julie K. Ambrose, June 3, 2019