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Civil Rights Firm Joins Defense of School Voucher Program

A national libertarian and civil rights law firm has joined the state in defense of its school voucher program against a lawsuit led by teachers unions.

The Institute for Justice, based in Arlington-Virginia, has previously defended voucher programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland. The firm filed a motion to intervene in the Indiana lawsuit on behalf of two Hoosier parents whose children will use vouchers to attend private schools. Heather Coffy, one of the two parents, says she felt compelled to stand up for the voucher program.

“I wanted to be the voice and the face that this program does work,” she said.

All three of Coffy’s children attend Catholic schools, and she says the vouchers will help offset some of the tuition cost. Coffy, who is not Catholic, says her decision to send her kids to Catholic schools is not about religion, but about a better educational environment.

“So I just think that small classroom, the one-on-one attention and the values that are taught in the school system make a huge difference,” Coffy said.

The lawsuit challenging vouchers says the program will unconstitutionally support religious education.

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