The school vouchers proposal would allow taxpayer money to be used for students to attend non-public schools via scholarships. Critics of the bill say the vouchers program drains money from the public school budget. Joel Hand is the executive director of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. He says the bill benefits the few at the expense of the many.
“There are more than a million public school students throughout the state, a million students who would see funding cut to their public schools, who would see programs lost, perhaps teachers lost, class sizes lost,” Hand said.
Proponents of the bill say the bill offers students opportunities they would otherwise not have. Jeremy Cowin is the superintendent of Liberty Christian School in Anderson. He says it’s time to level the playing field for schools and students.
“Have we not learned that throwing more money at a failing school does not make it successful?” Cowin asked. “Why not begin to make it possible for every family to afford the best education in the community?”
The proposal passed the committee by an eight to ten vote.