Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Indiana Governor Calls on Legislature to Lift Restrictions on State Voucher Program
An expanded school voucher program could become a reality for Indiana students—if Governor Mike Pence has his way!
In his first State of the State address, Governor Pence told lawmakers on Tuesday night he’d like to open up access to the program.
Currently, the state’s voucher program provides at least $4,500 per year to Hoosier students who meet the income guidelines to qualify for free or reduced lunches and who have spent at least one year in a public school.
Pence hopes to lift the prior public requirement, and open up the program to children of military veterans, those who are adopted or in foster care, and students with special needs.
"I have long believed that parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income,” said Pence. “We must continue to expand educational opportunities, especially for those with the fewest resources."
The voucher changes are a component of a wider-sweeping education bill proposed by House Education Chairman Bill Behning.
-American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, KMS