School vouchers harm public education, democracy

2013-11-11T01:00:00Z School vouchers harm public education, democracy nwitimes.com
November 11, 2013 1:00 am

Public schools are the foundation of democracy. In 2012-13 some $37 million in Indiana tax dollars went to charter and parochial schools. This is a drain on public education.

Michael Berta Jr., superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools, believes "the motion that marketing vouchers as catalysts to improve student academic achievement is very misleading. Study after study find voucher students do not perform academically better than their public school colleagues."

Simon Brown, in Church and State magazine, says, "70 percent of Americans remain skeptical of vouchers and oppose plans to shift public funding into private and religious schools through voucher plans."

The "school choice" proponents are far right groups whose real goal is to crush teachers' unions and shift education to the private sector.

I believe the mixture of diversity in our public school system is essential to democracy and is not helped by the voucher system.

- John D. Wolf, Valparaiso

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