Ind. school chief: Nearly half of vouchers remain

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indiana's state school superintendent says parents have sought just over half of the school vouchers available for the program's first year.

Superintendent Tony Bennett told the governor's Education
Roundtable on Tuesday that parents have applied for 3,685 of the
vouchers that use public school money to help pay for students to
attend private schools.

WISH-TV and WRTV-TV report Bennett says most of the students
receiving vouchers come from households whose incomes qualify the students for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts. He says 15
percent of the vouchers are going to students in small towns and
rural areas.

When the Legislature approved the voucher program, it set a cap
of 7,500 students for the first year.

A group of educators and religious leaders are challenging the
voucher program in court.

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