Debate over the House bill that would offer vouchers to public school students to attend private school turned into a real back and forth Tuesday as people for and against took turns arguing their positions.
The committee heard introductory remarks from the bill sponsors and public comment. Committee members didn't debate the bill, and there was no vote.
Charles Brown, chairman of the Scotland County Board of Education and vice-chairman of the Scotland Republican Party, said vouchers will undermine public education. "Education is not the place where free market principles work as intended," he said Public schools take all comers, while private schools do not, Brown said.