My daughter will be attending a public school, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne. Can she find this same opportunity at a charter or private school? She is coming from a public Montessori school where she attended 11 years; age 3-14. Is this offered at a charter school or any school that takes vouchers? There is a simple answer to my questions – No! The better choice for my daughter’s education is in our public schools because the innovative teaching strategies are not offered in voucher or charter schools. What better way for a child to learn than with individualized instruction, real life strategies and group problem solving? My child will be fully engaged in her learning and will learn skills that will more than prepare her for college and her career. She has excelled in her public school and will continue to do so as she continues at the public high school she will be attending.
The expansion of HB1003 has already harmed my child’s Montessori school. Offering this type of education is very expensive, but well worth the cost. Due to cuts our school has had to make, mostly because of vouchers, our Montessori program was cut in grades 7-8. Please vote "no" to HB1003 so further successful programs aren’t destroyed. These are programs that are NOT offered in charter and voucher schools. These are public schools at work. Why not take that money intended for voucher expansion and let our public schools create more New Tech schools and other schools that prepare children for college and career? I have yet to see a successful charter school in my area. I have yet to see a private school that has innovative, project-based learning. Again, I implore you to vote NO to HB1003 for the sake of my children and their education they have chosen at a public school.