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Pence continues pitch for preschool voucher plan

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Wednesday morning highlighting the work of an Indianapolis preschool as he made a final pitch for an early education voucher plan that has foundered in the Legislature.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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More public schools receive A grades, fewer get F's

December 20, 2013
 The Statehouse File
More Indiana schools received top grades under a system the Indiana State Board of Education approved Friday after months of political wrangling. Among the F's was a charter school that received a controversial A rating last year.
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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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Lawmakers end voucher study with few clear answers

October 8, 2013
Associated Press
Both sides agreed they could use more data on how the individual voucher recipients are performing. More than 20,000 students applied for vouchers this year, up from roughly 9,300 students last year.
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School-voucher applications in Indiana double again

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education reports it received 20,047 applications for vouchers for the 2013-14 school year.
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ISTEP firm faces third-degree from lawmakers, big damages

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for ISTEP testing troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
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Pence signs Indiana voucher expansion bill

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence visited Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan that will make more children eligible for vouchers.
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Voucher expansion awaits governor's signature

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have approved an expansion of the nation's broadest private school voucher program that will allow more children to be immediately eligible.
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Lawmakers draw close on limited voucher-expansion plan

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators are hammering out a modest expansion of the state's school voucher program following a meeting of House and Senate lawmakers.
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Fiscal tug-of-war stalls Indiana voucher expansion

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to make vouchers more widely available to families has met a roadblock: So despite the momentum, lawmakers say they want more time to look at the voucher program approved two years ago.
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Limited school voucher expansion approved by Senate

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to qualify for the program, raise the value of each voucher by $200 and eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who attend "failing" schools.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds school voucher program

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools. The decision paves the way for a possible expansion of the program.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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Rally backs Indiana charter school, voucher programs

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters of Indiana's charter schools and private school vouchers packed a Statehouse corridor with hundreds of children from those schools for a rally Monday as they backed expansion of those programs.
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Indiana House backs school voucher expansion

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
Kindergartners and some other students in Indiana would be immediately eligible for the state's private school voucher program under an expansion plan the House approved Thursday.
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Governor, Indiana House GOP seek vouchers, pre-K aid

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence and top Republican legislators plan to barrel ahead this year with the "freight train" of education changes sought by Indiana's former governor, including proposals to expand school vouchers and use private money to send children to preschool.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear voucher arguments

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the nation's largest school voucher program violates the state constitution.
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Indiana voucher program sees growing enrollment

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
School voucher advocates are pushing to get as many Indiana children as possible into the state's burgeoning program that helps pay private school tuition. The application deadline is Friday.
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Indiana public schools wage unusual ad campaign

August 20, 2012
Associated Press
Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size.
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Private schools with vouchers saw slight drop in test scores

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
Private Indiana schools that accepted students from low- to middle-income families using state-funded vouchers last year experienced a small drop in their passing rates on the state's ISTEP test this year, a newspaper's analysis of test scores shows.
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Board's ruling puts Fall Creek home sites back on marketRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
Buyers have quickly snapped up two home sites and the city might sell seven more on a stretch of Broadway Street where The Oaks Academy had hoped to build a soccer field.
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Political, legal fights emerge over school vouchers

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
For all the arguments in favor of school vouchers, there are opponents who say vouchers erode public schools by taking away money, violate the separation of church and state by giving public dollars to religious-based private schools, and aren't a proven way to improve test scores.
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Private schools raking in cash thanks to 2011 reform lawRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
A generally overlooked part of the 2011 education reform package makes it clear donors to private schools can target their gifts to specific schools, a move that seems to have unleashed the tax credit’s full potential by helping private schools line up more donations.
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Education committee backs looser school voucher rules

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
A proposal that would make thousands of current private school students eligible for Indiana's school voucher program has been endorsed by a state legislative committee, although cost concerns might block its chances of advancing this year.
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