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.
For more information:
- Gov. Mike Pence's 2015-2017 proposed budget proposal
- Sen. Tallian's SB 184 woudl limit the number of vouchers awarded per year to 20,000
- Indiana Department of Education's Choice Scholarship Program Annual Report (June 2014)
- Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice's Properly Counting Indiana Voucher Students
Listen to last week's discussion about proposed legislation to change the State Board of Education's governance here.