The Dec. 27 front-page article “Indiana’s voucher system offers hint of school policy in the era of Trump” noted, “Opponents argue that vouchers are not reaching the children most in need of better schools.” Studies have indicated that a significant number of students cannot use school vouchers because of transportation issues.
One proposed way to counter this concern is to offer transportation vouchers to families. This could pay for public transportation, assuming the city bus travels to the private school and that parents are comfortable sending their child to school on a public bus. Many parents rely on the school bus because they are at work when their children are going to school or because they do not own cars.
For lawmakers to make an informed decision, they need to know how many students cannot use the voucher system because they have no way of getting to the preferred school, and then come up with a plan to transport those students. Until the barrier of transportation is cleared for all students, the school voucher system is not equitable, as it discriminates against those without transportation.
Nancy Schneider, Clifton