Monday, August 15, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Refuses to Block Indiana School Voucher Law

We've got some breaking—and, this time, great—news to report on the school choice front, that of which should serve as a welcome respite from the tough news from over the weekend that hundreds of Colorado kids will have to scramble to find a new school after the Douglas County voucher law was blocked by a Centennial State judge.

Just over 1,000 miles East of Douglas County, there's been a complete reversal of fortunes, after a judge today decided not to block the Indiana voucher program, which is due to become the nation's most expansive in just two years time. It's great to know that thousands of families in the Hoosier States can rest easier knowing that their kids will be able to go to the school of their parents' choice.

Here are the particulars of today's ruling:
— A Marion County judge on Monday declined to block implementation of Indiana's new private school voucher law. 
Superior Judge Michael Keele ruled against a request from the Indiana State Teachers Association that he temporarily block the new law. The union claims the program - which uses taxpayer money to send low-income students to private schools - drains money from public schools and is unconstitutional because it funnels public dollars to religious teachings. 
“Today’s ruling is a victory for Hoosier students and families currently utilizing the choice scholarship program," said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who is defending the state against the lawsuit.
You can read more about the good news on our website here. Over 2,800 students have already signed up for the program, making it one of the strongest debuts for a voucher program benefiting low-income kids in our nation's history.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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