Voucher enlargement means much less cash for public colleges | Garrett Clipper

The expansion of vouchers means less money for public schools

As a math teacher at a public school for 26 years, let me first state that I was never against private or religious schools. I believe the voucher initiative began with an honorable mission: to give the poor the opportunity to choose the school of their choice.

Unfortunately, this year it has grown into an elite system with an income of $ 94,500. $ 110,000 next year and $ 145,000 in 2023 – not exactly income for the disadvantaged.

And where does it all end?

On January 31, 2021, our governor commented on the budget, stating that public school teachers would receive 2 percent for the first year and 1 percent for the second year, while the Indiana Education Committee chairman said “no salary increases for school teachers.”

“Really?” Teachers are already buying supplies out of their own pockets. Indiana public schools deserve much more than the 35th place out of 50 states.

Is it the goal of our lawmakers and governors to exempt and / or completely exempt Indiana from all public schools? You have already robbed us of the right:

• Vote for the state superintendent for public education. Now choose for us; and

• Use our taxpayers’ money on education to help make choices. Why are they so against public schools and their teachers?

Finally, I want to thank David Hockley for his letter to the editor: NE teachers have kept schools open that pose a risk to themselves. “And Grace Householder for her editorial,” Teachers who help keep our communities together. ” Thank you both! Reading everyone was a breath of fresh air.

College ‘voucher’ invoice giving public cash to non-public training passes narrowly by way of Iowa Senate

DUBUQUE, Iowa. (KWWL) – The Iowa Senate passed a new bill that passes public school taxpayers’ money directly to parents who wish to send their child to private schools as a “scholarship”.

After hours of debate, the bill was passed by 26-21 votes on Thursday evening.

Fast-paced legislation is the end result of a priority that Governor Reynolds set this month State of the country address.

The bill would make official their plan to give $ 5,200 in government funds direct to parents who may want to send their children to private or charter schools instead.


Republicans say the bill gives parents more flexibility in choosing by using their majority to expedite the bill in the first few weeks of the session.

Dubuque Community School District released a statement to the parents against the bill. Superintendent Stan Rheingans, who calls the scholarships a “voucher program”, fears that the move would reduce her budget and possibly lead to program cuts and an increase in class size.

“We have some concerns about public dollars flowing into private schools,” Rheingans said. “If we get to the point where public schools are fully funded and schools that receive vouchers play by the same rules as we do, I would have fewer arguments.”

Democrats, including Dubuque’s Senator Pam Jochum, believe the public has not been given enough time to ponder the effects of the law.


Auditor Rob Sand issued a statement on Thursday (the day the bill was due to be presented to the Senate) stating:

“Iowans should be alarmed that the voucher proposal lacks an independent review provision and, in fact, does not contain any review requirement.”

“The public will barely be able to see what is happening with their taxpayers’ money and less protection against fraud and abuse. In contrast, the proposal for a charter school contains examination requirements that meet today’s stringent requirements for public schools.”

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand

“We have no control over how this money is spent,” Sand told KWWL.

Senator Sarah Garriott (D-22) went a step further, telling the Senate that she was considering the “coupon” portion of the bill as “money laundering” in an attempt to circumvent the protection of equality for Iowa students.


Trish Wilger is the managing director of Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education. The organization states that it is a “state subsidiary” CAPE, a “coalition of private primary and secondary schools” that is self-financed partly from the textbook industry.

Wilger backed off Sand’s testimony, saying she expected the Senate to provide a more robust accounting process for the funds.

“Surely we’d expect there to be ways to keep track of the accounts and make sure everyone is doing the right thing,” said Wilger.