INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate has approved a plan to create the
nation’s most expansive school voucher program.
The Republican-ruled Senate voted 28-22 Thursday to advance the bill, which
is the most contentious part of GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels’ extensive education
agenda. The bill allows parents to use some of the tax dollars that would
normally be sent to public schools at private schools instead.
Families of four making up to about $60,000 a year would qualify. The
program would be limited to a fraction of the state’s students — just 7,500
for the first year and 15,000 in the second.
Supporters say the program would give families more education options.
Opponents say vouchers siphon money from public schools.
The bill now returns to the House to consider recent changes.