Giving kids options no matter of choice
High-quality education is imperative to the future of our Hoosier State. Being a father and grandfather, I want what is best for all children. Providing parents with the opportunity to choose the best environment for their children to learn and excel is not a choice. In my opinion, it is a moral obligation.
Public schools serve the vast majority of Hoosier students and are critical to the educational success of our state. However, we should provide an alternative for parents and students who need to find another environment that better fits their needs.
I have advocated to allow parents the opportunity to choose where their child goes to school since I was elected in 1992. I have remained steadfast in my resolve to give all children education options no matter their financial situation.
I have heard from countless parents who continue to utilize the School Choice Program for a variety of reasons. These include bullying, specialized learning needs, school safety, the desire to introduce their child to a new environment and many others. However, there are still thousands of families who are unable to service their own child’s needs.
Military families are a key reason I want to expand access. Military families who move to Indiana may want to use the School Choice Program but are unable to because their child must attend a public school first. I do not think it is fair to sacrifice a child’s education while their parent is sacrificing everything while serving our country.
Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Law is constitutional. The Supreme Court upheld the voucher program expressing that vouchers do not violate the state’s prohibition against public funding of religious institutions since the parents and children were the primary beneficiaries of the vouchers. Just as a college student can use public funds to attend a private university, a K-12 student should be able to use public funds to attend a private institution.
Currently, 255,000 students nationwide attend a private school of their parents’ choice through a voucher or tax-credit program, in addition to 2.3 million students who utilize public charter schools as their preferred option, according to the Friedman Foundation of Educational Funding. More than 9,000 students participate in the Choice Scholarship Program across the Hoosier State.
All children deserve to have the same opportunities to excel academically, regardless of the financial circumstances in which they are born. The Choice Scholarship program provides students from lower income families a high-quality education that they may otherwise not receive. Parents will be able to provide a choice for their children.
Rep. Bob Behning
Giving kids options no matter of choice
Letter to the Editor: April 17, 2014
On March 20 of this year I attended a public meeting of the Tipton County Economic Development Alliance. Members of this group include the three county commissioners, a member of the county council, two members from the city council, and the mayor.
Letters to the Editor: April 16, 2014
At the time the agenda for the April 7 commissioner meeting came out, I was happy to see that the neglected commissioner board appointments were finally going to be addressed. These appointments had been in limbo for months on end.
Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2014
In a recent “public eye” article written by KT columnist Scott Smith about the proposed industrial wind turbine project; mention was made of the “new deal” brokered by Howard County Commissioners with E.ON.
- April 14, 2014: Letters to the editor Watch for bicyclists on roadways, drivers When you ride a bike near a semi, there are at least four blind spots where the driver can't see you. We need to be careful when we ride near trucks. If we get hit by a semi, it's usually our fault. But we ne
- April 13, 2014: Letters to the editor Grade your elected officials, vote May 6 After attending the Tipton County BOC meeting on April 7, I felt compelled to share a few thoughts. I have tried to keep from attacking our local elected officials as much as possible and, instead, attack the
- April 11, 2014: Letters to the editor Eastern Howard Co. opposes wind farm The majority of people who live in eastern Howard County, including the entire Winger family, do not want wind turbines obstructing our view! We originally signed up with Horizon, thinking it was a win/win proposi
- April 10, 2014: Letters to the editor 'We have turned our backs on God' In light of the Fort Hood shooting this past week, why are we surprised when Spc. Lopez goes on a shooting rampage? We are quick to blame it all on guns and mental illness, but in reality, there is a deeper cause tha
- April 9, 2014: Letters to the editor Is America for sale? High court thinks so Today as I watched the news, I became more and more angry over the things that are happening in our judicial system and politics. I am a proud American, born and raised in the heartland. I was raised to belie
- April 8, 2014: Letters to the editor E-cigarettes pose risk to kids, adults I was very pleased to see the article "Safer cigarette?" that was published April 1. I was particularly happy to see the research quoted in the article bore out what I have already observed in our own community:
- April 7, 2014: Letters to the editor Water hike will drive away town residents With the recent passage of another water rate increase will come more foreclosures and hardships for the residents of Bunker Hill. Our claim to fame in the past was already our outrageous utilities. While I a
- More Letters Headlines
- Letter to the Editor: April 17, 2014