School Choice & Charters

Ambitious Voucher Program Signed Into Law in Indiana

By Sean Cavanagh — May 10, 2011 1 min read
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who signed into law a broad school voucher program, lifts the bill into the air as Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman applauds at the Statehouse in Indianapolis last week. He also signed a measure that calls for an expansion of charter schools.
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Indiana now has what may be the nation’s most ambitious voucher program, giving middle-income families access to taxpayer funds for private school tuition.

The program, signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels last week, opens the scholarships to a larger pool of students than most voucher programs, with income limits as high as $60,000 a year for a family of four and fewer restrictions on the quality of schools students could leave. It also requires participating private schools to take part in state tests and the state’s system for grading schools.

It was one of several education proposals supported by Gov. Daniels that have won legislative approval this year, including a measure to promote charter school expansion, restrictions on collective bargaining, and a plan to judge teachers and school administrators based on performance.

Mr. Daniels, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is being watched closely for signs of a national education platform.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the May 11, 2011 edition of Education Week as Ambitious Voucher Program Signed Into Law in Indiana

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
Strategies for Incorporating SEL into Curriculum
Empower students to thrive. Learn how to integrate powerful social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies into the classroom.
Content provided by Be GLAD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School Choice & Charters Video Private School Choice: A Video Explainer
We're tracking the proliferation of school choice policies around the country. Here's how to get up to speed.
2 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion What Would Religious Charter Schools Mean for Public Education?
Discriminating and proselytizing on the taxpayer dime will never be acceptable, writes Kevin G. Welner.
Kevin G. Welner
5 min read
A green apple with a cross shaped stem in between red apples.
Richard Mia for Education Week
School Choice & Charters Private School Choice Continues to Spread. 3 Things to Know
New research shows private schools increase tuition when states send public funds for parents to spend on private education.
6 min read
Image of private school kids outside in the school yard.
E+
School Choice & Charters Opinion Does School Choice 'Work'?
Ultimately, the “how” of educational choice may matter more than the “what.”
10 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty