There’ve been a number of protests at the statehouse this session against education reform bills, but Wednesday, groups gathered to show support for the measures.
Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, who was honored at the rally for his work on charter schools and school vouchers, said it was nice to finally see a rally at the Statehouse in support of his positions. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President Peter Groff said Indiana can help lead the nation in education reform.
“This is a time unlike any other in this education reform effort in this country, and you all are part of it, you all are driving it,” said Groff.
Opponents of the education reform bills, including Senator Lindel Hume, said expanding charter schools and creating school vouchers drains money from the traditional public school system.
“And when we start taking money out of that for any cause, then we’re taking it away from that public school system that we are constitutionally required to provide for every child in this state,” said Hume.
The House passed a school vouchers bill Wednesday and the Senate is currently considering a bill expanding the state’s charter school program.