URGENT: Tell the Indiana Senate to Reject Expansion of State's School Voucher Program

On Monday, the Indiana Senate is expected to vote on a bill, HB 1003, that would expand the state's school voucher program. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) opposes school voucher programs and urges you to immediately contact your state senator and tell them to vote “no."

Sponsors of school voucher programs sell vouchers as a cure for our ailing education system. However, vouchers are actually a backdoor attempt to take money away from our shared public schools and funnel it to private schools — the vast majority of which are sectarian institutions that indoctrinate children with religious dogma and pseudoscience.

School voucher programs are a big problem. Why?

  1. They force taxpayers to fund religion. These programs take public funds away from public schools in order to fund private religious schools. This violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  2. They force taxpayers to fund the teaching of religious dogma. Private religious schools are not required to follow most state or federal education standards, so they can—and do—replace evidence-based curricula with faith-based religious tenets.
  3. They force taxpayers to fund religious discrimination. Since private religious schools don’t have to follow most standards, they can not only teach religious dogma, they can also discriminate in hiring and firing and ignore other standards designed to ensure equality in education and employment.
  4. They force taxpayers to fund ineffective programs. Various studies by the Department of Education and other groups have found that school voucher programs do not necessarily improve academic achievement.

Instead of supporting private and religious schools, taxpayer money should be used to support and improve the public school system, which provides a religiously neutral, constitutionally sound, and evidence-based education.

Contact your state senator today and tell them to reject any expansion of the school voucher program! 

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  • Your State Senator or Senators

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Please Reject School Voucher Bill

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I am writing to ask you to oppose House Bill 1003, which would expand Indiana's school voucher program.



Instead of supporting private and religious schools, taxpayer money should be used to support and improve the public school system, which provides a religiously neutral, constitutionally sound, and evidence-based education.

I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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