Barresi Endorses Vouchers For Private Schools


State School Superintendent Janet Baressi says “yes” to vouchers
when speaking to an out-of-state education reform group.
See the video here,, in this TMR exclusive on pending education conflicts at the Capitol.
The group, the School Choice Coalition, is funded by the Friedman Foundation.
Vouchers is a curse word to many rural legislators, and unify Democrats and some Republicans who believe it will drain resources from their schools to pay for  inner-city private education.
“I think you’re going to be hearing a growing discussion and I’m excited about it, about vouchers,” Baressi said.
“I am a big supporter of all forms of choice in education,” said Baressi.
Baressi talks at length about her support for educational choice.
Sources tell TMR that a loosely-knit coalition has been formed between Democrat and Republican lawmakers to oppose vouchers and other Baressi measures they believe threaten public schools in small towns.

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  1. M Morris, 29 October, 2013

    Sadly, for those of us parents in great school districts, we are now faced with making a decision we did not think we’d have to make and vouchers are our only solution if Baressi and Fallin refuse to get off the Titanic called “Common Core”.

  2. Castor, 29 October, 2013

    Take a look at Ramesh Ponnuru’s article on Common Core in the September 30 edition of National Review. He says – and I think he’s right – that CC isn’t a conspiracy, but neither is it a good idea. All the arguing over it is likely to distract education reformers from real reform ideas – like school choice. And, as he says at the end, there isn’t “much that can be done at the national level to improve primary education.” By the way, if you’re worried about CC doing horrible things to the way history is being taught in the public schools, take a look at a current history text: you can’t get much worse than it is now.

    I’m also fascinated by the idea that there is a “great school district” out there – there are good ones, to be sure, but great is appropriate only as a relative term. A friend who has 2 kids in public school and 2 in private [they’d all be in private if he had the money] commented to me that a decent private school now is like a good public school 40 years ago – I’m pretty familiar with this whole picture and I think he is right.

  3. Choice Media, 22 November, 2013

    Thanks for the coverage.

    A slight correction: This interview was produced and distributed by Choice Media, not School Choice Coalition. We are a non-profit education policy site. We also produce the @ChoiceMediaTV twitter feed and the Ed Reform Minute podcast, as well as original videos.


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