INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ó The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the
nationís largest school voucher program violates the state constitution.
The court has scheduled arguments for and against the program for Nov. 21.
Opponents led by the Indiana State Teachers Association want the justices to
overturn the voucher law, which has been upheld by a lower court. Opponents
claim the program violates a state constitutional ban on government support
of churches because it compels taxpayers to pay for schools that teach
The Indiana attorney generalís office and other groups defending the law
argue that nobody is being compelled because parents are free to send their
children to any school they want ó public, private or parochial.
Indianaís school voucher program has about 8,000 students, making it the
nationís largest such program.