School Voucher Bill Passes Indiana Senate
The Indiana Senate narrowly passed a limited expansion of the state's school voucher program. The vote was 27-23 Wednesday to approve the expansion. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in opposition.
The Senate proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to qualify as well. It would also eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who attend failing schools, and would also raise the value by $200.
The Indiana State Teacher's Association (ISTA) feels the close vote reflects the controversy surrounding the bill. The group says the statutory caps instituted by the General Assembly in 2010 have not been reached over the past two school years.ISTA also feels funds for public education are being diverted to expand school vouchers.
The bill now heads to a conference committee of House and Senate members.