Wednesday's roll call vote on House Bill 1003, the school voucher bill, broke mostly on party lines but there were a few defections on the GOP side of the aisle. Republicans Tom Saunders of Lewisville, Wendy McNamara of Evansville, Tim Neese of Elkhart and Phil Hinkle of Indianapolis voted no.
All Republicans in the northeast Indiana delegation voted yes, including David Yarde, a teacher at Northcrest Elementary School and 28-year employee of Fort Wayne Community Schools. David Wolkins, a retired public school teacher from Winona Lake, also voted yes, as did Phyllis Pond, who taught kindergarten in the East Allen County Schools for decades before her retirement.
Joel Hand, executive director of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, points out that the voucher bill could reduce funding for public schools by $61 million over the next two years.
The Senate education committee is scheduled to take up the voucher bill next Wednesday.