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ISTA president: Vouchers are not good policy or good reform

The Indiana State Teachers Association issued the following statement Tuesday after the state high court’s voucher ruling:

INDIANAPOLIS – Reacting to this morning’s 5-0 ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court to uphold the state’s private school voucher program, Teresa Meredith, ISTA vice president and a plaintiff in the case said, “Obviously, we’re extremely disappointed in the decision because we have a much different philosophy about the use of public money on vouchers for private schools.”

Meredith added, “The vast majority of the 9,000 Indiana students receiving taxpayer-supported vouchers attend religious schools. As a public educator, I still believe that funneling public money into religious institutions is a clear violation of the Indiana Constitution.”

In Indiana and elsewhere, voucher programs take much-needed funding away from public schools to benefit private schools and the students who attend them.

Despite the expansive roll out of Indiana’s program, the vast majority of children in Indiana continue to attend public schools, and the state must continue to support their educations, as well.

Today’s ruling should not derail support from policymakers and others for community-based public schools and the children and families who support them.

“Just because the Indiana Supreme Court says that this program is constitutional, doesn’t make them a good idea. Vouchers are not good policy or good reform. ISTA will continue to side with the vast majority of Hoosier parents who want good public schools in their communities,” Meredith said.

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