State lawmakers will vote Wednesday on a proposal to expand the state’s voucher program.
Board President Mark GiaQuinta said he hopes the resolution will not only prevent the expansion of vouchers, but will also encourage lawmakers to send the bill to a study committee that would evaluate the effectiveness and impact that vouchers have on students and the Fort Wayne community.
Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for Fort Wayne schools, told the board that one of the challenging parts of the current voucher program is that there’s no restriction on which schools students with vouchers are leaving from.
For example, Friend said, about 30 students who had been attending Arlington Park Elementary School, an A-rated school based on the state’s A-F accountability system, left to attend private schools.
Indiana’s voucher law is already considered the one of most expansive in the country because students whose families are income-eligible don’t have to attend a failing to qualify.
The Fort Wayne School Board has also adopted a resolution opposing new charter schools in the area.