Tue November 29, 2011
Critics of charter schools & vouchers say those will hurt public school quality
Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Ed Eiler says the public school system helps develop a more cohesive society. He says this is threatened by charter schools and vouchers.
Eiler says school-of-choice opens the door for segregation of people from different income, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
He expects LSC to lose about $300,000 due to the state's new voucher law, with about half of that as a result of the 28 students who left the district to go to a charter school. Eiler says taking away tax breaks for these schools will result in diminished support.
Those who favor the program believe vouchers give families options that better suit the needs of their students.
Eiler is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indiana law. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for December 19th.