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MCCSC Prepares Resolution Against Voucher Bill

MCCSC is deciding whether to join the lawsuit against school vouchers or prepare a resolution.

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.

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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