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Fri Dec 30, 2016, 06:20 PM

How Indiana's school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era

Indiana lawmakers originally promoted the stateís school voucher program as a way to make good on Americaís promise of equal opportunity, offering children from poor and lower-middle-class families an escape from public schools that failed to meet their needs.

But five years after the program was established, more than half of the stateís voucher recipients have never attended Indiana public schools, meaning that taxpayers are now covering private and religious school tuition for children whose parents had previously footed that bill. Many vouchers also are going to wealthier families, those earning up to $90,000 for a household of four.

The voucher program, one of the nationís largest and fastest-growing, serves more than 32,000 children and provides an early glimpse of what education policy could look like in Donald Trumpís presidency.

Trump has signaled that he intends to pour billions of federal dollars into efforts to expand vouchers and charter schools nationwide. Betsy DeVos, his nominee for education secretary, played an important role in lobbying for the establishment of Indianaís voucher program in 2011. And Vice President-elect Mike Pence led the charge as the stateís governor to loosen eligibility requirements and greatly expand the programís reach.

The idea of sending taxpayer funds to private and parochial schools is one of the most polarizing propositions in education. To proponents, the rapid expansion of Indianaís program is a model for giving more families better educational options. But Indianaís voucher program is seen by many public school advocates as a cautionary tale.

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Fri Dec 30, 2016, 06:23 PM

1. the death nell for public schools ........ separate but equal is coming back

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Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:16 PM

2. too bad those billions of federal dollars...

couldn't actually go to public schools.

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