Statewide School Vouchers?
April 28, 2011 by USA Post
Statewide School Vouchers?, The Republican-controlled Indiana House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that allows the use of state funds for private school tuition and a separate bill may result in opening more charter schools in the state.
Both HB 1003 and HB now go to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who sponsored both measures and are expected to sign into law.
The school bond proposal was approved 55 to 43. If approved, will be the most generous bonus program in the nation, providing tuition money for families earning up to 61 thousand a year and allowing any parent with a child in private school and a 1,000 per child deduction from income state taxes.
Under the plan, a family of four earning less than 41,000 a year and would be entitled to a bonus of 4500 and for a student in grades 1 to 8 and 4964 and for a high school student. A family of four with incomes between 41,000 and 61,000 and and could receive up to ,758 per student in all grades.
To be eligible, students must have completed at least one year of public school before receiving a private school voucher. The number of tickets that are limited to ,500 statewide for the -13 school year and 15,000 next year.
State Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, questioned the constitutionality of the proposal and said the state is likely to be involved in a lawsuit years before a bond is issued each time.
The Indiana Constitution specifically states: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution.”
State Rep. Jeff Espicha, R-Uniondale, said the voucher program would help Indiana children receive the best education possible.
In another -37 vote Wednesday, the House in accordance with changes made by the Republican-controlled Senate on an expansion program of the charter school.
HB 1002 makes the most eligible private colleges in Indiana to sponsor charter schools, increases funding for charter schools, virtual online and make it easier for charter schools to take over disused buildings owned by a school Traditional public.
In addition, 90 percent of charter schoolteachers are required to be licensed by the state.
State funding for programs and rental vouchers would be paid by tax money that otherwise would go to traditional public schools.
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