Teachers Union Takes Dead Aim At Voucher Law

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 4, 2011 Updated Jul 5, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Indiana's teacher union is challenging the state's new school voucher law, claiming it's unconstitutional and could divert needed cash away from public schools.

The Indiana State Teachers Association is leading the crusade to have the voucher law struck down.

The new law provides state funding to low and middle-income families who want to send their children to private or religious-based schools.

Opponents say public schools have already suffered from funding cuts of $300-million.

Vice President Matt Mertes/Fort Wayne Education Assn.: " This law as it's written could cut another $60 to $70-million away, and we're already being asked to do more with less, and then to further gut the budget seems a little disingenuous from a state that is claiming to want to improve public education."

Governor Mitch Daniels says the law was drafted to adhere to the state and federal Constitutions, and that the lawsuit is about the teacher's union putting financial self-interest ahead of the interests of children from low-income families.

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