If we go slow on vouchers, more fall through cracks

2013-04-12T00:00:00Z If we go slow on vouchers, more fall through cracks nwitimes.com
April 12, 2013 12:00 am

As I read your April 1 editorial, “Don’t Expand Scope of School Vouchers," I hoped it was an April Fool's joke. When I realized it wasn’t, I decided to write in with a different perspective.

In the editorial, you correctly noted House Bill 1003 seeks to make vouchers more readily available to students living in failing school districts. We think that’s a good idea, and a majority of respondents to a poll on your website seem to agree.

So it’s troubling when you say students at public schools – rated as D or F – should have to attend those schools for at least one year before becoming eligible for a voucher.

More than 184,000 students are in schools labeled as D or F by the State Board of Education, and that is unacceptable. If we take things slowly as you suggest, thousands of today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce will continue to fall through the cracks in schools that don’t meet their needs.

- Lindsey Brown, executive director, School Choice Indiana

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