LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Southern Indiana's largest school districts are joining forces in the fight against new private school voucher funding.
The New Albany Floyd County and Greater Clark County Schools teachers' unions are working together to oppose funding an expanded private school voucher program and a new Education Savings Accounts program under House Bill 1001, the state budget bill.
"Bottom line, Indiana public schools teach 90% of the students. The current budget they have proposed is going to take $491 million away from the public schools to fund the 10% (of students) that go to private schools," said Lisa McIntyre, president of the New Albany Floyd County teacher's union.
Similar legislation was proposed earlier in the session under HB 1005, but Mark Felix, president of Greater Clark's teacher's union, says it's been added into the state's budget bill instead.
Lawmakers like Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, have told WDRB …