News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 10, 2013

Indiana Senate approves minimal voucher expansion

By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate is signing off on a limited expansion of the state’s school voucher program.

The Senate proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to qualify for the program, raise the value of each voucher by $200 and eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who attend “failing” schools.

The Senate voted 27-23 to approve the expansion today. Ten Republicans joined Democrats to oppose the measure.

The expansion will now head to a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators.

Voucher supporters say any expansion of the voucher program helps parents have more education options. But opponents say the plan continues the state’s pattern of “abandoning” public schools.

— Associated Press