LETTER: Vouchers make public school teachers’ jobs more difficult

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Electing to enroll a child into a private school is a decision best left to the parents. In doing so, they must realize this choice is also a monetary investment that parents must consider when making the decision. This in no way presumes that the public schools are deficient. Our schools are burdened with meeting the needs of an ever-changing society, and teachers perform extraordinarily well under adverse pressure. You can go so far as to say that teaching is one of the most under-appreciated professions.

So why are politicians so eager to siphon money from our public schools in the form of vouchers? Are they trying to cripple public education to gain favor with the few who want private education but don’t want to pay for it? If I were a parent of a school-age child, I would seriously make a list of the politicians who want to take things from my schools so others may have vouchers. Invest in your child’s future by becoming aware of the political issues.

This pertains directly to the LCBOC (Lee County Board of Commissioners), which has passed a resolution criticizing the LCBOE (Board of Education) for being opposed to these vouchers. The LCBOE is backing the NCBOE’s suit against the vouchers. In recent letters to The Herald, Commissioners [Kirk] Smith and [Jim] Womack defended this resolution, saying that the NCBOE is using taxpayer dollars to bring this suit. Yet this suit is being defended by the legislature using taxpayer dollars.

Simply put, vouchers are a means of giving a few people a tax credit. The Associated Press has reported that the majority of vouchers go to students already enrolled in private and religious schools.

Vouchers do nothing but make the public school teacher’s job tougher because they have fewer resources.

Neil Rotter

Carolyn Rotter (retired public school educator)

Lee County