Indiana's expansive school voucher program upheld: A model for others?

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Mar 27, 2013
Indiana's school voucher program, which extends to middle-income families, does not 'directly benefit religious schools,' the state Supreme Court chief justice writes.
By Mark Guarino | Christian Science Monitor – 13 hrs ago...


The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld the state’s expansive school voucher program, which extends to middle-income families the opportunity to send their children to private schools with public assistance.

A coalition of teachers, parents, and union officials had challenged the voucher program as unconstitutional, saying it uses public money to promote religious education.

But Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote that whether or not the program is “wise educational or public policy,” it is constitutional because the state funds "do not directly benefit religious schools but rather directly benefit lower-income families with school children."

The ruling is considered a precedent for other states that say parents should have greater choice in where their children attend school.

“This ruling is a model, or a roadmap, for how to structure a [school voucher law] law that is the most expansive in the nation,” says Terry Spradlin, associate director of education policy at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The ruling resulted from a 2011 lawsuit that challenged the constitutional merit of redirecting tax dollars from local public school districts to pay partial private school tuition. The Indiana State Teachers Association suggested the program is a backhanded method of funding religious activity, considering that the majority of private schools in Indiana are parochial. It also said it violated the state constitution that ensures uniform public school access.

“There are not many good private school choices outside religiously-affiliated schools in this program. Most parochial schools around the nation are struggling to survive, so parochial school advocates see this [voucher program] as a way to extend their livelihood,” Mr. Spradlin says.

The voucher program was pushed through by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as part of an education reform initiative that expanded private school access for lower- and middle-income households. Under the new program, a family of four earning less than $42,000 annually can receive up to 90 percent of the maximum state voucher, while the income cap for receiving 50 percent of that aid is $62,000 annually.

The Indiana program “is a little more expansive than more narrow programs that exist around the nation,” such as those in Wisconsin and Ohio, for example, which are limited to students attending public schools in Milwaukee and Cleveland respectively, says Spradlin.

This is the second school year the program is in operation and the number of voucher recipients has jumped 140 percent, to 9,424 students receiving them for this school year, compared with 3,919 the last. The majority of vouchers used are in Indianapolis, where the number of students in the city’s public school system receiving vouchers increased 96 percent, from 644 in the last school year to 1,262 students today.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised the court decision, releasing a statement Tuesday that said “parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income” and that the state “must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.”

A current bill that passed the state House and is currently up for debate in the Senate would expand the vouchers to kindergarten students. Under current law, students must attend at least two semesters in public schools before becoming eligible for vouchers.

http://news.yahoo.com/indianas-expansive-scho...

About time students and parents get a choice in how school dollars are spent.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#2 Mar 27, 2013
Poor non-sense, every word you write is partisan POOP !!!

non-starter wrote: I found it, you just won't publish that you got it off Yahoo or Wiki answers ....

THEN the lies began, LMAOROTFU~!

non-starter wrote: No, I guessed, because you

weren't forthcoming with your source

OR MY NEW FAVORITE-

non-starter wrote: I found similar postings on Yahoo answers and Wiki answers

You posted to the urban dictionary to support your position...It's called tampering and you're clearly a duplicitous/dishonest POS... Have a nice lie... Oh sorry, I surely meant life.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 27, 2013
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised the court decision, releasing a statement Tuesday that said “parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income” and that the state “must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.”
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 Mar 27, 2013
Poor non-sense, every word you write is partisan POOP !!!

non-starter wrote: I found it, you just won't publish that you got it off Yahoo or Wiki answers ....

THEN the lies began, LMAOROTFU~!

non-starter wrote: No, I guessed, because you

weren't forthcoming with your source

OR MY NEW FAVORITE-

non-starter wrote: I found similar postings on Yahoo answers and Wiki answers

You posted to the urban dictionary to support your position...It's called tampering and you're clearly a duplicitous/dishonest POS... Have a nice lie... Oh sorry, I surely meant life.
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 27, 2013
Teacher Unions will do anything to retain control of those dues paying teachers.

They could care less about educating kids...
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#6 Mar 27, 2013
Pretty sad, you want religious teaching in schools, despite PARENTS wishes....
goose

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Mar 27, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Pretty sad, you want religious teaching in schools, despite PARENTS wishes....
You don't, despite what parents want! So what is your point Slew?
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 27, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Pretty sad, you want religious teaching in schools, despite PARENTS wishes....
Parents would decide where their children would get the best education. Pretty sad, you cannot extrapolate even the simplest of concepts to a coherent opinion.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#9 Mar 27, 2013
goose wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't, despite what parents want! So what is your point Slew?
Like the writing, want me to correct it, "genius" ??? Just religious wing nutters attempt to steal school $$$ for religion.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#10 Mar 27, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Parents would decide where their children would get the best education. Pretty sad, you cannot extrapolate even the simplest of concepts to a coherent opinion.
Parents would decide, despite a lack of ability ?? Seems you've given more work, to folks whose kids (you claim), are failing now ?? Sure..... Poor troll, no point and certainly NOT in my IQ range.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Mar 27, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
<quoted text>Parents would decide, despite a lack of ability ?? Seems you've given more work, to folks whose kids (you claim), are failing now ?? Sure..... Poor troll, no point and certainly NOT in my IQ range.
Very few people in your IQ range can type. You have been trained well. It isn't my claim that kids are failing, the test scores and college remedial classes plainly show it. Let me know if you plan to have a point some time in the near future, I wouldn't want to miss it.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Mar 27, 2013
Parents would decide where their children would get the best education. Pretty sad, you cannot extrapolate even the simplest of concepts to a coherent opinion.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#13 Mar 27, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Very few people in your IQ range can type. You have been trained well. It isn't my claim that kids are failing, the test scores and college remedial classes plainly show it. Let me know if you plan to have a point some time in the near future, I wouldn't want to miss it.
Yeah, you claim kids are failing ALL THE TIME, but why not lie...

IMMERSION 1 Year Change:+111.90%

Can any of you "smart" folks, tell me if this is good ??? LMAOROTFU~!

Is it as "good" as PhillipKs VodKa and LOSERS telling stories, like you need ??? LMAOROTFU~!
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#14 Mar 27, 2013
non-sense wrote- Beauracracy ???

First of all it's Bureaucracy, secondly REORGANIZATION & RE-ORGANIZATIONAL aren't the same word, moron !!!

What a complete dumb-ass !!!
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#15 Mar 27, 2013
As I recall, you said anyone "as dumb as me" has little IMMR stock. Since you have none, according to your values, you're MUCH DUMBER...

CONGRATS !!! I saw your potential & NOW you're crowding out rocks and slime....troll.

GOOD "work", for a broke loser....
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Mar 27, 2013
Parents would decide where their children would get the best education. Pretty sad, you cannot extrapolate even the simplest of concepts to a coherent opinion.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised the court decision, releasing a statement Tuesday that said “parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income” and that the state “must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.”
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#17 Mar 27, 2013
This is the CATHOLIC LAW! Now the Catholics don't have to pay public school taxes AND tuition to send their kids to Catholic schools. They can now use their public school tax money to pay for tuition with vouchers. This is a direct handout to the Catholic Church. Their schools are all falling apart and now they will be get increased enrollments with an new influx of cash from vouchers of tax dollars.

With this diversion of Tax Dollars to Private Schools through vouchers, taxes will have to be raised to keep the public schools operating at their present levels.

This is an outrage that Tax Dollars are being used to fund not only Religious organizations, but private FOR PROFIT businesses like charter/private schools.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#18 Mar 27, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Very few people in your IQ range can type. You have been trained well. It isn't my claim that kids are failing, the test scores and college remedial classes plainly show it. Let me know if you plan to have a point some time in the near future, I wouldn't want to miss it.
Why is it that those who lambast public education, are the ones least able to form grammatically correct, cogent sentences?
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 27, 2013
Indiana's school voucher program, which extends to middle-income families, does not 'directly benefit religious schools,' the state Supreme Court chief justice writes.
By Mark Guarino | Christian Science Monitor – 13 hrs ago...

The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld the state’s expansive school voucher program, which extends to middle-income families the opportunity to send their children to private schools with public assistance.

A coalition of teachers, parents, and union officials had challenged the voucher program as unconstitutional, saying it uses public money to promote religious education.

But Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote that whether or not the program is “wise educational or public policy,” it is constitutional because the state funds "do not directly benefit religious schools but rather directly benefit lower-income families with school children."

The ruling is considered a precedent for other states that say parents should have greater choice in where their children attend school.

“This ruling is a model, or a roadmap, for how to structure a [school voucher law] law that is the most expansive in the nation,” says Terry Spradlin, associate director of education policy at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The ruling resulted from a 2011 lawsuit that challenged the constitutional merit of redirecting tax dollars from local public school districts to pay partial private school tuition. The Indiana State Teachers Association suggested the program is a backhanded method of funding religious activity, considering that the majority of private schools in Indiana are parochial. It also said it violated the state constitution that ensures uniform public school access.

“There are not many good private school choices outside religiously-affiliated schools in this program. Most parochial schools around the nation are struggling to survive, so parochial school advocates see this [voucher program] as a way to extend their livelihood,” Mr. Spradlin says.

The voucher program was pushed through by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as part of an education reform initiative that expanded private school access for lower- and middle-income households. Under the new program, a family of four earning less than $42,000 annually can receive up to 90 percent of the maximum state voucher, while the income cap for receiving 50 percent of that aid is $62,000 annually.

The Indiana program “is a little more expansive than more narrow programs that exist around the nation,” such as those in Wisconsin and Ohio, for example, which are limited to students attending public schools in Milwaukee and Cleveland respectively, says Spradlin.

This is the second school year the program is in operation and the number of voucher recipients has jumped 140 percent, to 9,424 students receiving them for this school year, compared with 3,919 the last. The majority of vouchers used are in Indianapolis, where the number of students in the city’s public school system receiving vouchers increased 96 percent, from 644 in the last school year to 1,262 students today.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence praised the court decision, releasing a statement Tuesday that said “parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income” and that the state “must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.”

A current bill that passed the state House and is currently up for debate in the Senate would expand the vouchers to kindergarten students. Under current law, students must attend at least two semesters in public schools before becoming eligible for vouchers.

http://news.yahoo.com/indianas-expansive-scho ...

About time students and parents get a choice in how school dollars are spent.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Mar 27, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
This is the CATHOLIC LAW! Now the Catholics don't have to pay public school taxes AND tuition to send their kids to Catholic schools. They can now use their public school tax money to pay for tuition with vouchers. This is a direct handout to the Catholic Church. Their schools are all falling apart and now they will be get increased enrollments with an new influx of cash from vouchers of tax dollars.
With this diversion of Tax Dollars to Private Schools through vouchers, taxes will have to be raised to keep the public schools operating at their present levels.
This is an outrage that Tax Dollars are being used to fund not only Religious organizations, but private FOR PROFIT businesses like charter/private schools.
This is the competition law. If public schools can't get the job done, parents should have other choices. With vouchers, I would expect other non-denominational schools to open up. TiZA might even re-open.

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