Last week, Must Read Alaska ran a story based on 2008 documentation of Sarah Palin’s views on vouchers that would allow parents to move children to private schools, if they so chose.
The Palin of 2008 was a candidate for vice president and her record showed that, as governor of Alaska, she not only opposed school vouchers but also opposed changing the Alaska Constitution to allow for them. She said they are unconstitutional.
Today, as a candidate for Congress, Palin supports vouchers, according to her website.
Her opposition to vouchers was well-documented in 2008 and was written about extensively by the media, leading the National Education Association to praise her track record, not only for vouchers but for making big funding increases to public education while serving as Alaska’s governor from 2007 to 2009.
Nick Begich, who is Palin’s Republican opponent, has long supported school vouchers. He is a product of a private Christian school education, through 12th grade, but his family did not use vouchers, as they were not available when he was in school. Vouchers allow families to move their children to non-government schools and have the money follow the child.
Begich believes that school funding should follow the child and be able to be used for both faith-based or private education.