School Vouchers

Report says school voucher changes cost state $16M

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana Department of Education report shows that changes to the state's private school voucher program are costing the state roughly $16 million. Voucher supporters questioned the report's accuracy.
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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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Former Star reporter to head new education website

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Chalkbeat Indiana will focus on Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indiana General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Editor Scott Elliott took the reins on Monday.
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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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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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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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Senate panel approves diluted voucher expansion

March 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate Education Committee is signing off on a limited expansion of school vouchers one day after the state's highest court deemed vouchers constitutional.
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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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Senators ask for time to study school vouchers

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Any expansion of Indiana's already ambitious school voucher program may have to wait after senators pushed for more information Wednesday to determine the effects of the fledgling program.
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Rally denounces proposed Indiana voucher expansion

March 19, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program was denounced during a Statehouse rally on Tuesday as a step that would take millions of dollars away from the state's public schools.
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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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Bill that would shift Indiana voucher oversight advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new Democratic state schools superintendent would no longer oversee the private school voucher program that she has opposed under a proposal approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled legislative committee.
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Indiana House education panel OKs voucher expansion

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
The measure would remove a one-year waiting period students have to spend in public school before qualifying for a voucher and qualify wealthier families for the program in certain cases.
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Pence supports large expansion of voucher program

February 5, 2013
Associated Press
Pence policy director Marilee Springer told members of the House education committee Tuesday that the governor supports a sweeping package of education changes that would end a one-year waiting period to obtain the scholarships.
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Senator: Voucher expansion must get House OK first

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana Senate Education Committee says any proposals to expand the state's private school voucher system will have to be first approved by the Indiana House.
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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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