PA: Government Schooling Groups Slam Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for School Voucher Push

Source: Common Dreams

“As pro-public education groups plan a rally at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, educators and advocates on Friday criticized hip-hop icon Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation over a campaign backing a proposed school voucher program in the commonwealth. The campaign’s ‘Dine & Learn’ events in Philadelphia this month are intended to share information about the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) or ‘Lifelife Scholarships’, as supporters also call them. If approved by state legislators in the next budget, the program would put tax dollars toward ‘education opportunity accounts’ for certain families to send their children to K-12 private schools rather than low-performing public ones. ‘We have enjoyed such a special connection with Philadelphians, so we’ve made it our mission to invest in the long-term success of the city’s changemakers,’ Roc Nation managing director of philanthropy Dania Diaz said in a statement.” (06/08/24)