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3:42 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House

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The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.

The  House measure won bipartisan support today.

Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.

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.

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Education
10:56 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Broadest School Voucher Program in U.S.

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INDIANAPOLIS  — The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for its expansion.

Critics had argued that the program primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools.

But the program's supporters say parents can send their children to any school they want, whether it's public or private, religious or not, and the Supreme Court agreed with that Tuesday. In a 5-0 decision, the justices said the program does not violate the state constitution.

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Education
1:59 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to 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.

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.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Indiana Voucher Program Growing; High Court to Hear Challenge Wednesday

Enrollment in the Indiana school voucher program, the nation’s largest, has more than doubled since last year.

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.

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Education
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

More Than 8,000 Indiana School Vouchers Awarded For 2012-13

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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.

That’s more than double the number awarded last year.

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.

"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.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Indiana Voucher Program Growing

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(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)

Indiana's school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and supporters trumpeting the program's successes.   

Some 4,800 Indiana students have signed up for vouchers to attend private schools this fall. That's up about 800 students from the program’s first year, and the voucher deadline is still months away.

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