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MCCSC Officials Sign On To Voucher Lawsuit

MCCSC officials say they won't know how much money the district will lose to vouchers for the coming school year until late in the first semester.

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Officials say the MCCSC lost $60,000 to vouchers this school year as students were transported to private and charter schools.

Monroe County Community School Board officials have approved signing onto a lawsuit against the state’s school voucher bill. At a Tuesday meeting, board members signed a resolution disagreeing with the notion that public school dollars be used to fund religious and charter school education. District Attorney Tom Bunger says the vouchers are causing the district to lose money.

“The vouchers are taking public dollars from the public schools and are being transferred to private schools which we believe is not consistent with what the Indiana constitution says for free public education that the dollars are suppose to go to the public schools and are not to be diverted elsewhere,” Bunger says.

MCCSC Business Operations Director Tim Thrasher says it’s hard to predict what impact the vouchers will have on the 2012 school year, but adds without them the MCCSC might be able to pay additional employees.

“In the case of this year for example, $60,000 could be used to pay the salary of two beginning teachers, just as an example and there are other staff that it could be used there too,” Thrasher says.

Thrasher says the corporation won’t know exactly how many students used vouchers to transfer out of the MCCSC until late fall.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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