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Education

Davenport School Board Opposes School Vouchers

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Worried about the probable loss of state support, Monday night the Davenport school board approved a resolution opposing school vouchers.

The resolution says the board opposes any program that diverts public tax dollars from public schools to private, religious, or charter schools, not overseen by a locally-elected school board.

The board thinks public money should be used to support public schools that are open to all students, not for what it called "new entitlement programs" for parents who choose private education. And it believes school choice already exists in Iowa.

In addition, the resolution says private and other nonpublic schools are not held to the same standards of accountability, and that Iowa taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent.