School choice group defends voucher programs

03/21/14 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: Step Up for Students, education, vouchers, charter schools

Step Up For Students facilitates corporate tax scholarships for low-income students to use to attend private schools.

The program is lauded by supporters as giving parents the option to remove students from failing schools and put them in schools they otherwise couldn't afford. But opponents argue it's just a way to funnel public dollars into private hands - and it undermines the separation of church and state because most of the vouchers are used for religious schools.

A bill in the Senate was removed from consideration Thursday after controversy surrounding the group's president and questions about whether voucher recipients should take the state's standardized testing.

Patrick Gibbons is the Public Affairs Manager for the group. He takes to the airwaves to defend the group and school choice programs.

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