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IPS: Bring On The Competition

Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Eugene White drew a bright line Monday between the schools getting help from state-appointed turnaround operators and those the district currently controls, writing on the Hoosier Ed blog his district is “not afraid of competition”: Fear of competition is not what drives us on our continuing path toward excellence — it’s […]

Q&A with Richard Lee Colvin: National Perspective on Indiana's Voucher Program

Richard Lee Colvin has seen private school voucher programs before — Indiana’s just the new kid on the block. As the executive director of D.C. think tank Education Sector, he’s watched as private school voucher programs have cropped up around the country. They’re all founded, he says, on the free-market notion that “each and every […]

Illegal Immigrants Can Receive Indiana Voucher Money

An FYI from an FAQ on the Indiana Department of Education’s website: Are illegal immigrant students eligible for Choice Scholarships? Yes. Under current state law, public school corporations receive state funding for educating students who can show that they reside within the corporation’s boundaries.

Indiana's School Vouchers Cover Tuition For Parents Who Can Pay On Their Own

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Among the biggest beneficiaries of Indiana’s expansive new voucher program are the parents who could have paid to send their kids to private school anyway. Jeanetta White’s four foster kids went to public school last year. By this summer, she was fed up. White, 54, wanted to enroll them in private school — and she […]

Voucher Program Schools (Still) Have Higher Test Scores Than Public Schools

170 non-public schools have signed up for Indiana’s new private and parochial school voucher program since standardized test scores were released in mid-July. But even as the pool of voucher schools has grown, state data show there hasn’t been a regression to the mean in the average voucher school ISTEP+ passage rate. Translation: Test scores […]

Indiana School Voucher Program Will Go Forward During Lawsuit

Indiana’s private and parochial school voucher program can go forward even as it faces a court challenge, an Indianapolis judge ruled Monday night. Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele decided not to halt the program because arguments against it — namely, the vouchers violate the separation of church and state by using public money to […]

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