Governor Bill Lee is getting ready to make vouchers a priority. Everyone is buckling down for the fight, which is why Wilson County just passed a referendum making it clear they’re against vouchers, and why Reverend David Kidd of Pastors for Tennessee Children just made it clear in The Tennessean out why Tennessee should reject vouchers.
Pastor Kidd says it will hurt public schools, particularly in our rural communities. (Spoiler: he’s right.)
From 2011 through the 2016-2017 school year, the voucher program cost Indiana taxpayers $516.5 million.
This kind of school “choice” (so called) will lead to devastating cuts for rural schools. One hears, ”the money follows the child…” That may be true, but when a child leaves a public school, the school building still has to be maintained, the heat has to stay on, the teachers have to be paid, janitors, kitchen workers, and crossing guards have to be paid – but the money has followed the child out the door.
Reach out to Governor Lee HERE to let him know how you feel.