Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Senate Republican Leader Kenley Resists Expansion of Vouchers

The chair of the Indiana Senate's Appropriations Committee thinks there should be a five-year moratorium on further growth of the state's voucher program. Republican Senator Luke Kenley is resisting a bill that would remove the requirement that students attend public schools for at least a year before using a voucher to attend a private school and other measures that would loosen restrictions on vouchers. Kenley says, “This is an almost cataclysmic change. Shouldn’t we give it a rest for five years and study to see if the use of public funds to send kids to private schools has produced a positive result?” Read more from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette here.

The editors of the Journal Courier support Kenley's "slow down" approach, asking "Has Indiana given vouchers enough time to see whether they’re working the way they’re supposed to work? Perhaps even more important: Has Indiana given enough time to see that the voucher system holds up in court?" (The Indiana Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of the voucher program.) Read the editorial here.