Senate President Phil Berger‘s decision to include a controversial tax credit scholarship program in the latest version of his Excellent Public Schools Act earned him a less than stellar report card Monday from his own local school superintendent.
Dr. Rodney Shotwell, Superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, told the House Education Committee that the inclusion of Rep. Paul Stam’s voucher proposal in Senate Bill 795 could only be seen as a ‘full-scale assault on public education’:
“The addition of the tax credit for private schooling to this bill is only turning what had been a bill with some potential into something that should be adamantly opposed by everyone who cares about public schools,” said Dr. Shotwell.
He urged the House Committee to hold off on passing the sweeping reform bill in the final days of the short session, allowing for a fuller, more thoughtful discussion in 2013.
The committee adjourned Monday evening without taking a vote on S795. To hear Dr. Shotwell’s remarks, click below: