The two-hour school voucher debate between Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero and Rob Miller, vice chair of the Utah Democratic Party and proprietor of UtahAmicus.com, is now online at KVNUforthepeople.com. During the debate, which took place at Utah State University on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, Mero focused on the students for which the voucher bill is primarily intended to serve.
“When Governor Huntsman signed this bill into law, with all due respect to your successful children, he was not thinking of them — he was thinking of those struggling, low-income minority students. We often refer to these students euphemistically as ‘achievement gap’ kids. These are the children that don’t make it like yours do.” Mero added, “These students are already the most expensive to educate. More money invested in their public schools does not seem to help them — their school funding goes up and their graduation rates with a diploma either stay flat or drop further. These struggling students need more than money; they need new opportunities.”