Local school officials react to Governors speech.
Posted: Jan 14, 2015 9:11 PM EDT | Updated: Jan 14, 2015 9:12 PM EDT
The superintendent with the South Bend community school corporation is not happy that the Governor wants to expand the Indiana's choice scholarship program that uses taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools.
Governor Pence said during his State of the State address, "That's why I proposed more state dollars for K-12 education than ever before, increasing tuition support by $200 million over the next two years."
Families that meet income level qualifications can get an Indiana choice scholarship so their children can attend private school.
"It takes away money from public education. That is taxpayer money,” said Dr. Carole Schmidt, the superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corporation.
She says it doesn't solve issues with schools that are under performing.
"And then when he talks about low performing schools and the excitement of children who get to go to high performing schools, children don't really have a concept of what that means,” said Schmidt.
The expansion of the program still needs to be approved by legislators.