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.