Proposed legislation to expand the state’s publicly funded preschool program is tangled up in the ongoing feud over private school vouchers.
IU researchers found that IN's school voucher program has the most students attending private school using state money that have never attended a public school.
These scholarships allow a student from a low-income family that meets a specific set of criteria to use state money to attend a private school.
The state’s choice scholarship program spent $18 million more last year than the year before.
State superintendent Glenda Ritz is asking state lawmakers to study the state’s voucher program in the second half of this 2016 General Assembly.
The proposal would require students who receive a pre-K voucher to take a kindergarten readiness assessment before entering school.
Governor Mike Pence's 2014 legislative agenda includes a phase-out of the business personal property tax and a pre-K voucher program.
More than 20,000 Hoosiers applied for Indiana's private school vouchers this year.
Public school teachers and parents gathered Tuesday at the Statehouse to show their disapproval of a bill that would expand the state's voucher program.
The number of vouchers awarded this year has not reached the cap of 15,000 that was set by state law, but it is at least double the 3,919 awarded in 2011.