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
- LETTERS: Concert Series 'beautiful musical experience' Store employees should split prizeSeveral weeks ago, a winning lottery ticket was purchased at one of our larger grocery stores. What I’d like to know is why the upper-management get a large cash prize (which they don’t need) while the employees of t
- LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s
- LETTERS: City should celebrate its young track star City should celebrate its young track starCongratulations to Tionna Brown, who has given the city of Kokomo the platform to acknowledge what commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and determination can do.I find this a unique opportunity for her Common
- LETTERS: No excuse letting trimmings rot at curb No excuse for letting trimmings rot at curbWe live in a recently annexed, east-side subdivision — a nice, clean, well-kept subdivision where almost all homeowners take pride in and maintain their homes and lawns.Before the annexation, we paid for our
- LETTERS: Parents taking fun out of youth sports Parents taking fun out of youth sports I enjoyed reading the article, "Nation's youth sports leagues on troubling decline," by Bill Stanczykiewicz, CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, and the last paragraph, a quote by Dr. Bill Dexter, president of t
- LETTERS: Putting economics before responsibility Veterans, retirees need tax deductionsAre you receiving either an Indiana property tax Veterans Disability Deduction or an Over 65 Deduction? I was, however, this year I learned otherwise. My property taxes payable this year, as compared to the prope
- LETTERS: Mast homestead celebrates 150 years Mast homestead celebrates 150 yearsThe two-story frame, Pennsylvania-Dutch style house on the Larry and Barbara Hensler farm 2 miles west of Plevna is 150 years old this year. In fact it may even be a little older than that. Lloyd Hensler used to say
- LETTERS: Christians must stand with Israel 'As Christians we must stand with life' The present conflict in Israel is with Hamas, recognized even in Egypt as a terrorist organization. Recently Hamas formed a unity government with the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. They're now the government in
- LETTERS: Let's hope 7th Circuit sides with couples Let’s hope 7th Circuit sides with couplesIf you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.First, a federal court ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional, whi
- LETTERS: Trust chemical, seed firms and the FDA? Trust chemical, seed firms and the FDA?Let’s see ... Mr. Don Villwock, Indiana Farm Bureau president, wants the FDA to define what genetically engineered foods are, and then he wants it to be optional or voluntary for food companies to tell consumers
- More Letters Headlines