K-12 EDUCATION

President of SLC NAACP opposes school voucher bill

Feb 10, 2023, 5:00 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY — A prominent community member is trying to do something about Utah’s new school voucher law. 

Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the NAACP said she’s consulting with her general counsel and attorneys about what could be about the new voucher law.

The law, named HB.215, gives teachers a raise and provides funding for parents to homeschool their kids or send them to private schools. 

“If [parents] want to send their kids to private schools then let them, let them pay for it. But the money shouldn’t be coming from public education,” said Williams. 

When Williams helped with a 2007 referendum, 62% of voters didn’t want vouchers. She told KSL NewsRadio’s “A Woman’s View,” she thinks teachers should have gotten a larger raise.

But, more so, Williams doesn’t think raises should’ve been tied with vouchers in the first place

Listen to Jeanetta Williams discuss the voucher bill on “A Woman’s View”

Related reading: Insight into homeschooling as Utah moves toward funding vouchers

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President of SLC NAACP opposes school voucher bill