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Decision To Come Soon On Voucher Fight

The decision on a preliminary injunction that would temporarily halt Indiana’s new school voucher program could come as early as next week, according to a Marion County judge.

Both sides of the voucher lawsuit made their arguments in Marion Superior Court Thursday. Attorney John West, representing those who filed the lawsuit challenging the voucher program, says he was impressed by Marion County Judge Michael Keele’s understanding of the issues.

“I was particularly impressed that he promised that he’s going to give us a ruling by early next week,” West said. “So I don’t know which way he’s going to go, but I’m confident that we got a fair hearing.”

If Judge Keele does put a temporary stop to the program, it could cause a disruption for schools that have already started.

Monica Poindexter, one of the parents who joined the lawsuit in defense of vouchers, says if the program is halted, it would be very difficult for her to send her kids to the private schools she wants them to attend.

“I think that it would hamper their education,” she said, “because we just want the choice to continue to choose the type of educational environment that has worked thus far for my children.”

The state attorney general’s office says more than 150 students using vouchers began school this week.

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