Enacted 2011 • Launched 2011 • Voucher
Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program allows students in low- and middle-income families to
receive vouchers to attend private school.
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 9,324
- Schools participating: 289
- Average voucher value: $4,091
Average voucher value as a percentage of
Indiana’s total per-student spending ($9,479)
Students from families that qualified for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program
can receive a voucher worth up to 90 percent of the state per-student spending amount for the
sending school district. Students from families earning 150 percent of that same threshold can
receive a voucher worth up to 50 percent of the state funding allocation for the sending district.
The maximum voucher size is $4,500, which families can supplement with additional funds. In the 2013-14 school year, the elementary and middle school scholarship cap increased to $4,700. In 2014-15, it increases to $4,800.
Children must be between five and 22 years of age to participate. Eligible students include: 1) students who attended a public school (including a charter school) for the preceding two semesters and who are from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 150 percent of the federal free and reduced-price lunch program ($63,964 for a family of four in 2013), 2) students with disabilities that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and who are from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 200 percent of the federal free and reduced-price lunch program ($85,286 for a family of four in 2013), 3) students who attended or would attend a public school designated "F" and who are from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 150 percent of the free and reduced-price lunch program, 4) students or siblings of students who received a minimum of an $800 tax-credit scholarship in the previous school year from a Scholarship Granting Organization, or 5) students who received a scholarship in the previous school year under this program and are from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 200 percent of the free and reduced-price lunch program.
July 1, 2011, teachers’ union officials and others challenged Indiana’s voucher program in state court, alleging the Indiana Constitution prohibits funding of religious schools. A Marion Superior Court judge denied a motion for preliminary injunction, Meredith v. Daniels, No. 49D07-1107 -PL-025402 (Super. Ct. Ind. Aug. 15, 2011). The trial court issued a summary judgement on January 13, 2012, in favor of the program. After that decision was appealed, the Indiana Supreme Court declared the program constitutional on March 26, 2013.
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: 150% x FRL
- Geographic Limit: Statewide
- Enrollment Cap: 7,500 (2012)
- Voucher Cap: Conditional
- Testing Mandates: Yes-State
Indiana Code §§ 6-3-2-22, 6-3.1-30.5-3, 6-3.1-30.5-13, 20-51-1-4.7, 20-51-1-7, 20-51-3-1, 20-51-3-5, 20-51-4.
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