The debate over national school choice policy was on display in Indianapolis Monday as US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came to the capital city to make the case for more choice and expanded education opportunities. Meanwhile, opponents, like the Indiana State Teachers Association, said vouchers and more charters would only take away badly needed funding for traditional public schools.
DeVos said it was time for a new model for education where the focus was children and not systems. And it should not matter what type of school the student attends as long as they get a quality education.
However, opponents like ISTA President Theresa Meredith said the jury is still out on whether kids get a better education with choice and that traditional public schools are already strained for resources.
You can hear them both in the Leon-Tailored Audio above. Devos runs 18 minutes while the choice critics runs about 23 minutes.