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(KSL News) The issue of school vouchers draws more attention and debate as November elections approach. KSL tonight hosted a Conversation on Referendum 1 with Richard Eyre (Parents for Choice in Education) vs. Lisa Johnson (Utahns for Public Schools.) Here are some of the points.
Richard Eyre said, "I love win-win situations. This is a win for parents because we get to make more choices about our kids."
Lisa Johnson said, "This isn't a great deal for Utah and we ought to invest in our public schools instead."
Eyre said, "People have always had the private school choice if they can afford it. This is to give poor people a chance to attend private schools."
Johnson said, "The fact that the voucher is so far off of what the average tuition is really makes that choice not a great option for many families."
Eyre said, "I want lower class size. I want more spending for kids, and vouchers do that for public schools."
Johnson said, "My concern is making sure all the students in Utah have access to great schools, and that's why I want to see the money invested in the public schools."
This debate was helpful to illustrate both sides of the discussion, you can watch it online by clicking on the main picture of this story.