EXPLAINER: Mastriano’s plan for Pennsyvlania school choice

Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has alluded to proposals that would be a transformative overhaul of the more than $30 billion K-12 education system, with public dollars eligible to fund students’ private education.

During his campaign, Mastriano’s sometimes conflicting statements have overall shown an effort to work with a likely GOP-controlled Legislature to propel far-reaching school choice programs, like in Arizona, by shifting state funds to students rather than schools.

Meanwhile, Mastriano’s opponent, Democratic nominee Attorney General Josh Shapiro, has shown a willingness to embrace school choice programs, but he’s advocated for securing more public education funding.

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