Governor Daniels is urging state lawmakers to move forward with an aggressive education system, citing more money should be pumped into alternative schools systems. Bloomington New Technology Principal Alan Veach said he’s glad the governor wants education to be at the forefront, but not at the expense of student’s futures.
“I don’t think we can go wrong with a state that has its total focus on education and improving education for all stakeholders no matter where we are,” said Veach.
Veach is concerned that funds will be taken away from public schools. “It’s a little scary to think that private schools will continue to get public school funding, because we already know that in Monroe County our budget is tight,” said Veach.
Last year, a referendum in Monroe County was approved, but Veach said the county needs every dime and more.
IU School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzalez said that millions of dollars in financial cuts made to education could hamper some school systems. He said the governor identifies improving teacher quality and extending school days as major priorities.
“What worries me is that we’re taking money potentially, out of traditional public schools in order to promote vouchers or charter schools,” said Gonzalez.
He said public schools still need funding to serve every child regardless of the changes. “The voucher proposal concerns me a great deal because it would take funding sorely needed in the public schools and direct it to private schools.”
Gonzalez further notes that the state should also do a more effective job of supporting early childhood education programs.