Indiana’s private school voucher program is the largest in the country and considered a possible template for President Donald Trump’s nationwide program.
It’s been five years since Indiana launched its school voucher program, which gives state money to qualified students to cover private education.
Families and private schools get $4,800 per student from the state’s voucher program. Governor Pence's proposal would eliminate that cap entirely.
A proposal to let voucher-accepting private schools opt out of the state's ISTEP+ test fizzled in committee Wednesday.
The law increases the maximum amount of a voucher, and guarantees eligibility to siblings of voucher students.
But the expansion isn’t nearly as broad as many, including Pence, wanted.
The state attorney general’s office says more than 150 students using vouchers began school this week.
Daniels says the legislation is a step towards giving all Hoosier children a chance at a quality education.
Governor Daniels calls the 2011 session a success while Democrats say some of the bills that were passed will hurt Hoosiers.