School Vouchers

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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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Incoming Indiana schools chief dropping out of voucher suit

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
Incoming state school Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she intends to remove herself as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's popular school voucher program.
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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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Indiana lawmaker seeks to close voucher law loophole

July 24, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill seeking to close a loophole that bars the children of some military families from taking part in Indiana's school voucher program.
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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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Voucher supporters tout Indiana program's 1st year

June 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and supporters trumpeting the program's successes.
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Supporters defend Indiana voucher law in court briefs

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Striking down Indiana's school voucher program because some schools are affiliated with churches would amount to unnecessary government interference into religion, the law's supporters argue in court documents.
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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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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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Judge upholds Indiana school voucher law

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion Superior Court judge affirmed Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unconstitutionally uses public money to support religion.
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Voucher experience positive for one local high school student

December 30, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Dayana Vazquez-Buquer is among 3,919 students from low- to moderate-income Indiana families who qualified for an Indiana Choice Scholarship this year. She praises the General Assembly for creating the voucher program.
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Advocates: Vouchers living up to expectations

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Nearly 4,000 students who formerly attended public schools are receiving tax money to help pay the cost of private school under Indiana's school voucher program, which is believed to be the nation's largest, officials say.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

November 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's new school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.
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Nearly 4,000 students seek private-school vouchers

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
The program, which gives Hoosier students an average of $4,500 from the state to apply toward private-school tuition, was created this year by the Indiana General Assembly. More than 250 private schools have been approved to accept the vouchers.
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Indiana schools chief lauds overhaul in annual speech

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.
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HICKS: Vouchers could help fix what's ailing Indiana schoolsRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Mike Hicks
The real purpose of vouchers was to add incentives for public schools to improve.
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Judge denies request to block state voucher program

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.
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Judge weighs request to block Indiana voucher program

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele said he would rule early next week on a request from a group of teachers and religious leaders backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association to issue a preliminary injunction keeping the law from taking effect.
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Indiana voucher program sees 2,200 students enlist

August 8, 2011
Associated Press
The Department of Education began accepting applications to its broad-sweeping new school voucher program a month ago. Since then, 2,230 students have been accepted into the program
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Pro-voucher mom defends Indiana choice program

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
A woman who says her oldest child thrived in Roman Catholic schools after struggling in Indiana's public education system defended the state's broad new voucher law.
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School voucher program draws early interest

July 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About 385 families have requested state tuition assistance at private schools since July 11, when the Indiana Department of Education started accepting applications for its new voucher program.
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