Sen. Judy Ward Proposes Lifeline Scholarship Program
HARRISBURG – Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced today she will soon introduce legislation to establish the Lifeline Scholarship Program to give students a pathway out of failing public schools.
“All children deserve a quality education regardless of their zip code,” said Ward. “With the reality that the new legislative session will require bi-partisan cooperation to advance changes, it is extremely encouraging that Governor-elect Shapiro has also voiced support for Lifeline Scholarships to give more children the opportunity to attend a school that better meets their needs and helps them to succeed.”
Under this legislation, parents with children in grades 1-12 who reside within the attendance area of a district school in the bottom of performance metrics based on state testing would be eligible to receive a scholarship. Lifeline Scholarships can only be used for qualified education expenses associated with the new education instruction.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and with Governor-elect Shapiro, to help all children achieve success by giving them the ability to be in the best academic environment possible,” Ward said.
CONTACT: Nathan Akers