School Board Candidates Differ on Public Funds for Private Schools
One difference came on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow public funds to go to private and religious schools.
Nees said, "I do support it. I think it's a conversation we need to have as a community. If the legislature passes it and you end up voting on it as a state and you approve it, then as a school board member i would have to come up with the way that we'd pass that money on. If it gets turned down by the legislature or the state, it's a non-conversation item."
But Cornwell-George disagreed: “I think it'll create a divide with people. I think it'll remove essential resources to our public schools. And I think we can get with the people, get with community members and schools, and come up with what it is they need and be responsive to those needs."
Croft also opposes it. "...If you create a system where the poorer kids only have a certain caliber of schools and the rich kids can get whatever schools they like, I'm worried both what it does to the school system but as concerning to me is what it does to our society."
There was a similar split on the question of expanding pre-kindergarten programs, with Cornwell-George and Croft in favor, and Nees skeptical of the need.
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