2013 Indiana General Assembly

Senate panel adjusts requirements to qualify for private school voucher

2013-04-02T09:44:00Z 2013-04-02T18:35:06Z Senate panel adjusts requirements to qualify for private school voucherDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
April 02, 2013 9:44 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation expanding access to Indiana's private school voucher program was tweaked by a Senate committee Tuesday.

House Bill 1003 was changed to allow attendance at kindergarten or a charter school, but not a virtual charter school, to satisfy the one-year public school attendance requirement to qualify for a voucher.

The revised measure also would permit current private school students not on a voucher, but whose local public school is rated "D" or "F" and whose family income is below the voucher limit, to obtain a voucher without ever having attended a public school.

Several senators, including state Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, expressed concern about the unknown extra cost of providing vouchers to students whose education has never been paid for by the state.

The legislation is expected to be amended again by the full Senate before it votes on the proposal next week.

Its final provisions will likely be determined by a House-Senate conference committee.

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