school vouchers http://wfpl.org en Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House http://wfpl.org/post/preschool-voucher-plan-sails-through-indiana-house <p>The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The &nbsp;House measure won bipartisan support today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.</span></p><p>It was first proposed by House Republicans last year and is loosely connected to Gov. Mike Pence's call for an early childhood education plan.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:14 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8266 at http://wfpl.org Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Broadest School Voucher Program in U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-supreme-court-upholds-broadest-school-voucher-program-us <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">INDIANAPOLIS &nbsp;— The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for its expansion.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Critics had argued that the program primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:56:24 +0000 Associated Press 4673 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Broadest School Voucher Program in U.S. Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to Voucher Program http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-high-court-hears-challenge-voucher-program Indiana Supreme Court justices want to know whether the nation's largest school voucher program primarily benefits students and their parents or religious institutions.<p> The five justices prodded lawyers for both sides on that point today during a hearing on a constitutional challenge to the 2011 law under which more than 9,000 students have switched from public to private schools with help from state funds.<p> Supporters say the voucher system allows parents to send their children to private schools they otherwise couldn't afford. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:59:46 +0000 Rick Howlett & The Associated Press 2610 at http://wfpl.org Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to Voucher Program Indiana Voucher Program Growing; High Court to Hear Challenge Wednesday http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-voucher-program-growing-high-court-hear-challenge-wednesday Enrollment in the Indiana school voucher program, the nation’s largest, has more than doubled since last year.<p> The Indiana Department of Education says more than 9,300 families have signed up for vouchers for the 2012-2013 school year. That compares with about 3,900 who took part in the program's first year.<p> Families that take part in the School Choice Scholarship Program receive tax money to help pay the cost of private school. Under the program, vouchers can cover up to 90 percent of the cost of tuition, depending on a family's income. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:30:08 +0000 Associated Press 2594 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Voucher Program Growing; High Court to Hear Challenge Wednesday More Than 8,000 Indiana School Vouchers Awarded For 2012-13 http://wfpl.org/post/more-8000-indiana-school-vouchers-awarded-2012-13 More than eight thousand Indiana public school students have been awarded vouchers allowing them to use public funds to attend private schools this academic year.<p> That’s more than double the number awarded last year.<p> Adam Baker with the Indiana Department of Education says the program approved by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011 allows for 15,ooo vouchers this year.<p> "Next year, there’s actually no cap on the number of vouchers available, so we’re hoping that we continue to see this number rise year by year," he said.<p> The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to he Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:51:16 +0000 Rick Howlett & The Associated Press 1387 at http://wfpl.org More Than 8,000 Indiana School Vouchers Awarded For 2012-13 Indiana Voucher Program Growing http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-voucher-program-growing <p>(Information&nbsp;for this story came from the Associated Press)</p><p>Indiana&#39;s school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and <a href="http://www.schoolchoiceindiana.com/">supporters </a>trumpeting the program&#39;s successes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some 4,800 Indiana students have signed up for vouchers to attend private schools this fall. That&#39;s up about 800 students from the program&rsquo;s first year, and the voucher deadline is still months away.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 20:15:09 +0000 Rick Howlett 528 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Voucher Program Growing