Indiana GOP Pushes Ahead with Big Voucher Program

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 05:05 PM

 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Republican leadership is pushing ahead with a proposal that would be the nation's broadest use of school vouchers, allowing even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their kids to private schools.

Unlike other systems that are limited to lower-income households, children with special needs or those in failing schools, this one would be open to a much larger pool of students, including those whose parents earn up to $60,000 a year. And within three years, there would be no limit on the number of children who could enroll.

Students receiving vouchers make up less than 1 percent of enrollment nationwide, but vouchers have been one of the top priorities among conservatives. Indiana's GOP -controlled Legislature hopes to deliver soon on its overhaul of public education now that Democrats who fled the state have returned.

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