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Local Education

March 26, 2013

Local officials react to school voucher ruling

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld a 2011 law providing vouchers for low- and middle-income families, clearing the way for an expansion being debated in the Indiana Statehouse. This is what officials of Anderson’s private and public school sectors had to say:

Tom Snell, administrator at Anderson Christian School, said the court decision upheld freedom of choice.

“Those with the means can already make choices,” he said. “Those with a limited income, it gives them the same chance.”

Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Felix Chow said there should instead be a larger focus on fixing what already exists in the public sector.

“The question has been, fundamentally, do we use public money for private schools?” he said.

Since the majority of vouchers go to religion-affiliated institutions, he also pointed out the argument of separation of church and state.

Snell added that families make school choices, and that the vouchers help those who are not thriving in the public school system.

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