The Monroe County School Corporation is considering whether to join a lawsuit challenging the state’s voucher program.
The voucher program gives students the ability to take state money and spend it at a school of their choice. This includes private schools which are often run by religious organizations. Several school districts are challenging the program because they say the state can’t fund religious education.
The MCCSC school board was asked to join the lawsuit, but District Attorney Tom Bunger says the school board is looking into writing a supporting resolution instead of signing on to the suit.
“Let’s explore alternatives that we can that in one way or another show our support and at the same time trying to limit or cap what our exposure would be from a cost perspective,” he says. “We don’t have any more dollars to put towards this.”
State Representative Matt Pierce says the biggest issue with the voucher bill is that it diverts money away from public schools.
“What we need to focus on student achievement that we might have for other things: supporting our public schools, giving them the tools they need and recognizing that there are lots of things that happen outside of school that impact how well they learn inside of school,” he says.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the voucher program is constitutional. He says it does not fund religious education, but rather gives parents a voucher they can use at a school of their choice.