Schooling Key Topic At Forum, 19 April 2008, News Dispatch, Michigan City, Indiana
A number of candidates participated in a League of Women Voters of La Porte County forum at Crichfield Elementary School. The purpose was to allow voters a chance to hear from the candidates in advance of the May 6 primary.
“I think our kindergarteners need to be in school full time,” she said. “Children have the most formative years when they are young.”
“Full-day kindergarten has been discussed over and over again,” she said. “I fully support it.”
But what Arnold doesn’t support is home-schooling.
“Every time we take our students out, we are taking money away from public education,” he said.
Birkholz has similar beliefs.
“I’m not opposed to home-schooling, but I think all kids should be in the public school system,” she said. “When we pull kids out of the public schools, it hurts the schools.”
The school system is in place to support the children, not the other way around.
It looks as if Indiana Senate District 8 homeschooling parents will have to make their decision based on something other than homeschool support by the candidates.