Debate Rages Over Cost of Indiana School Vouchers (Indy Star)

By Andrew Pillow

The school voucher program allows Hoosiers to use public funds to attend private schools. The program is designed to give students more choice about where they get an education, but many people are now claiming that the program is costing too much money.

The voucher program costed Indiana $131 million last year. Some observers are claiming that the program has run a deficit because many of the students who are taking advantage of the program, have no history of attending an Indiana public school, thus the state is footing the bill for students who potentially would have paid for school out of pocket. Some estimates place the deficit at around $53 million.

Critics of this calculation argue nobody could know whether these students would have attended public school or not, and students are only getting the amount of money they would be entitled to at a public school.

See comments from both sides and read more here. (via: Indy Star)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.