Mitch Daniels Passes Vouchers in Indiana
While Democrats fight to maintain policies designed to keep urban America in permanent poverty, Republicans like Mitch Daniels in Indiana are working to offer a pathway out. Governor Daniels has just signed a new voucher program into law.
It’s a sliding scale program with the largest vouchers available to those who qualify for free and reduced lunches and attend public schools now, and smaller vouchers available for those who earn up to about $61,000 for a family of four.
Now that's pretty simple - give a gift certificate of up to $4500, based on income, to those motivated to get their kids a private education.
The voucher program is open to 7,500 students in its first year, and then 15,000 in its second year. After that, there is no cap.
Education is the only way out of poverty. Given that urban schools, controlled by Democrats and their Union Partners, are a disaster, the official policy of the Democrats is permanent poverty for minorities. It's fascinating how different actual policy is from the "we're the education party" rhetoric.
The video above is of John Hand, Executive Director of Indiana Coalition for Public Education, who says he is concerned that school voucher in Indiana will once again lead to segregation. This is a standard union canard. Consider this story from last fall:
Public schools in the Boston and Springfield metropolitan areas are among the most segregated in the country, often isolating black and Latino students in low-performing schools, according to a report released today by Northeastern University.
There's been forced busing in Boston, for the purpose of achieving racial desegregation, for nearly 40 years. The liberal outcry is nonexistent.