In response to the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s school voucher program, the Indiana Coalition for Public Education issued the following statement from Vic Smith, president:
“The Indiana Coalition for Public Education is disappointed by the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision today on the voucher lawsuit. We respect the Indiana Supreme Court’s authority in this matter, but we also respectfully disagree.
“As an organization that filed an Amicus Brief in support of the plaintiffs, the Indiana Coalition for Public Education stands by research documenting ever-improving performance by Indiana’s public schools, and we believe there is a lack of evidence to show vouchers improve academic performance.
“The decision today doesn’t impact the proposed voucher extension currently in the General Assembly, which carries a high fiscal cost. That would be unwise public policy.
“We continue to believe that public money should be used to support public schools.”
The Indiana Coalition for Public Education is a grassroots, bi-partisan, not-for-profit, taxpayer group focused on preserving public dollars for public schools. For more information visit www.icpe2011.com.
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