PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2010 — A statewide organization that focuses on personal and economic liberty today endorsed State Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ legislation that would provide school choice for disadvantaged students in chronically failing public schools.

”The Opportunity Scholarship Act will rescue thousands of children tragically trapped in failing schools,” stated Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) Executive Director Joe Sterns in a news release. “There should be no greater priority for the politicians in Harrisburg than making sure every student in the Commonwealth receives a first-rate education.”

Williams said he was gratified by the endorsement and hopes the support will provide more momentum as the Senate considers his bill (Senate Bill 1405) this fall. The bill is currently under consideration in the Senate Education Committee.

“This legislation is about giving kids a chance to succeed when their school fails them,” Williams said. “If a school district cannot educate, my proposal gives parents the power to find a non-public school that can.”

Under the Williams legislation, if 40 percent or more of a school’s student body scores below the “basic” range for math and reading for two consecutive years, a mix of state and district per pupil aid could be used as scholarship funds for a student to attend another school.

CAP is a non-profit non-partisan organization that favors limited government, economic freedom and personal responsibility. The CAP news release on Sen. Williams’ bill can be viewed at