Learn from teachers, students, and activists in a film that grapples with school choice.
Indiana’s Choice features voices from the front lines of an education policy experiment.
School choice has had troubling consequences for the Indiana K-12 public school system. Indiana’s Choice brings forward the voices of teachers, students, administrators, and parents to examine how school choice enables segregation of students and discrimination against students, families, and school employees.
Through their eyes, we learn how charter and voucher schools, paid for with public tax dollars, evade accountability by elected officials and the public. Choice policies are hurting our public schools—and our democracy.
“Indiana’s Choice is a thorough look at the damage school choice and voucher programs can do to the public education system. Founded on the roots of segregation and discrimination, ‘school choice’ allows for legal discrimination and segregation for our kids. As a pastor, I am deeply saddened that Kentucky is creating a space that is not safe and welcoming to all of our children. Christ has called us to inclusive love and care of ALL our neighbors. School choice says that our love and care should be selective. “
Rev. Justin Sizemore, member of Pastors for Kentucky Children
“A wake-up call and a warning, Indiana’s Choice documents the dangers of treating a public education as just another consumer good. Whatever state you call home, the education policy experiment that has done such damage to Indiana and its schools is headed your way. If you care about the future of public education—and our democracy—watch this film.”
Jennifer C. Berkshire, co-author, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door
“Indiana’s Choice is a good introduction into the problems with educational vouchers—not just their fiscal effect on public education, but their role in dividing the American public. (Benjamin Barber once wrote that public schools are “constitutive of a public”—vouchers are a weapon aimed squarely at that function.)
Sheila Seuss Kennedy, J.D., Professor Emerita, Law & Public Policy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
“This video is a well-laid out explanation of the harm caused to public education by the ‘school choice’ movement. Step by step, it shows how these sorts of laws take away from society’s ability to provide great education for all children by draining away money and resources from the public school system. It is especially sad to me to see the way faith is used as a weapon to deny equal rights to all kids. Hopefully Indiana will be able to avoid the kind of damage that is happening in Kentucky as we have recently had lawmakers give away public funding to private schools and cut benefits for our public school teachers. Our children deserve better.”
Tim Schindler, member of Pastors for Kentucky Children
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Indiana’s Choice was made by Gudaitis Production, Bloomington, Indiana.
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