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Decision To Come Soon On Voucher Fight

The state attorney general’s office says more than 150 students using vouchers began school this week.

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The Marion County judge could deliver a decision on whether the voucher program is constitutional by early next week.

The decision on a preliminary injunction that would temporarily halt Indiana’s new school voucher program could come as early as next week, according to a Marion County judge.

Both sides of the voucher lawsuit made their arguments in Marion Superior Court Thursday. Attorney John West, representing those who filed the lawsuit challenging the voucher program, says he was impressed by Marion County Judge Michael Keele’s understanding of the issues.

“I was particularly impressed that he promised that he’s going to give us a ruling by early next week,” West said. “So I don’t know which way he’s going to go, but I’m confident that we got a fair hearing.”

If Judge Keele does put a temporary stop to the program, it could cause a disruption for schools that have already started.

Monica Poindexter, one of the parents who joined the lawsuit in defense of vouchers, says if the program is halted, it would be very difficult for her to send her kids to the private schools she wants them to attend.

“I think that it would hamper their education,” she said, “because we just want the choice to continue to choose the type of educational environment that has worked thus far for my children.”

The state attorney general’s office says more than 150 students using vouchers began school this week.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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