School vouchers should not be about power or money, according to Sutherland President Paul T. Mero. In a two-hour debate aired September 25, 2007 on “FreeCapitalist Radio,” he said vouchers are about helping low-income, struggling public school students. “In Utah, HB 148, the law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, is really targeted at low-income, minority students, to help them get a leg up. The public school system is failing them: over 40% of the students in Utah’s Hispanic and African-American communities do not graduate with a diploma.” Radio talk show host Rick Koerber moderated the discussion between Mero and three other guests, including Patrick M. Byrne, chairman of the board and CEO of Overstock.com.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 3, for an opportunity to hear Mero and Byrne team up again to debate Kim Burningham, chair of the Utah State Board of Education, and Marilyn Kofford, from Utahns for Public Schools. This voucher debate is part of UVSC’s monthly ethics forum, a free event open to the public, starting at 7 pm in Room LC 243 of UVSC’s Learning Resource Center.