Heartland Institute Experts React to Indiana Supreme Court Upholding School Vouchers

March 26, 2013

Heartland Institute Experts React to
Indiana Supreme Court Upholding School Vouchers

The Indiana Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that the state’s school voucher program is constitutional, a defeat for the legal challenge brought by teachers unions against the program.

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“It is impossible to educate without discussing and applying morals and values. (Ever tried to mediate a fight between two kids?) That is why the belief that public schools can impartially broker competing ideas about morality without imposing their own version of it is ridiculous and false.

“Indiana’s Supreme Court has recognized, and unanimously, the same thing the U.S. Supreme Court did in 2002: Parents have a right to choose which ethical code will permeate their children’s educations. When the state allows them this choice, rather than confining children to only the moral education public schools promote, it is ending its preference for one religion over another. That’s why people like me, who want separation of church and state and freedom of religion, hail this ruling.”

Joy Pullmann
Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, School Reform News

“The argument that vouchers amount to establishment of religion has been knocked down in state after state and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet teachers unions and their allies persist in suing to stop these programs that give children an opportunity at a better education and a way out of poverty. I wonder how many taxpayers and, especially, parents of public school children know that their teachers unions are fighting tooth and nail to keep their children in disastrously bad schools.”

S.T. Karnick
Director of Research
The Heartland Institute

“In this season of March Madness, Hoosier families seeking freedom to choose the best schools for their children earned a victory even sweeter than any glorious basketball victory with the Indiana State Supreme Court’s unanimous affirmation of public vouchers for private choice. Families across the nation also have good reason to cheer now that both the U.S. Supreme Court and a state court judging the broadest of the states’ voucher programs have ruled that parental choice in K-12 education merits the approbation of a game-winning three-pointer from ‘downtown.’”

Robert G. Holland
Senior Fellow, Education
The Heartland Institute

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