February 6, 2015

Education At The Statehouse: School Vouchers

Gov. Mike Pence has called on the Indiana General Assembly to make education a major focus of this year’s current session. To help explain the legislative issues, 90.1 WFYI’s Eric Weddle and Christopher Ayers will discuss a related topic Fridays during "Morning Edition" the next several weeks.

This week Eric and Chris discuss "Indiana Choice Scholarship" school voucher program and Gov. Pence’s proposal to lift the $4,800 voucher cap for grades 1-8. The program has become the largest in the country since it was created in 2011. This school year nearly 30,000 students are using the tax-payer funded vouchers to attend private or religious schools.

As part of the discussion State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, raises concerns over the costs, and Pence touts the program to Washington, D.C. lawmakers.

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Listen to last week's discussion about proposed legislation to change the State Board of Education's governance here.

Contact WFYI reporter Eric Weddle at eweddle@wfyi.org or call (317) 614-0470. Follow on Twitter: @ericweddle.

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