Battle in Indiana over school vouchers begins today

February 15, 2011

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels got the voucher idea moving along when he spoke about it during last month’s State of the State address.

 

He wants residents who send their children to private schools to use public funds to help pay for that choice.

 

On Tuesday, Republicans are introducing a bill in the Indiana House that would make that possible.

 

Opponents are attacking the bill on many fronts.

 

They say, for one, vouchers can blur the line between church and state.

 

Another criticism they have is that private schools are less accountable than public schools.

 

The voucher idea is just one educational proposal that Daniels is pushing right now.

 

He also wants more money to expand charter schools. He would also eliminate certain collective bargaining rights for public school teachers.