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Davenport School Board Opposes School Vouchers

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.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.