The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

School Choice in Indiana

Summary

Indiana has three private school choice programs (tax-credit scholarships, vouchers, individual tax deduction). The state also has a charter school law. Indiana allows for limited public virtual schooling. Limited open enrollment exists, only intradistrict public school choice in Indianapolis.

Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools

Constitutionality

Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Indiana. The reasoning of the Indiana Supreme Court’s 2003 decision upholding dual-enrollment programs provides strong support for school choice.

Specifically, the opinion suggests that a state program plainly intended to serve a public purpose like educating its citizens’ children would be upheld regardless of whether it indirectly benefited a religious organization.

–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)

School Choice Programs

Private School/Homeschool Deduction

Enacted 2011 • Launched 2011

Indiana provides a tax deduction for individuals who make educational expenditures on behalf of their dependent children. Any taxpayer who has a child already enrolled in private school or who is homeschooled is eligible to claim up to a $1,000 tax... Read More

Choice Scholarship Program

Enacted 2011 • Launched 2011

Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program allows students in low- and middle-income families to receive vouchers to attend private school. Read More

School Scholarship Tax Credit

Enacted 2009 • Launched 2010

Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit program allows individuals and corporations to claim a 50 percent tax credit for contributions to approved Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. There is... Read More

Research

Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs

5/30/2014

Is regulatory creep a fate that awaits all school choice programs? With the number of those programs doubling over the past five years, the need for context and understanding is critical.   This report provides a framework for understanding the... Read More

Sector Switchers: Why Catholic Schools Convert to Charters and What Happens Next

4/29/2014

For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to... Read More

Why Indiana Voucher Parents Choose Private Schools

2/11/2014

In 2011, Indiana enacted the broadest school voucher program in the country.   In the program’s first year, almost 4,000 families used vouchers to attend participating private schools, with the number of students applying for vouchers more... Read More

Indiana K-12 and School Choice Survey

1/10/2011

The “Indiana K-12 & School Choice Survey" project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research Incorporated (BRI), measures Indiana registered voters’ awareness and opinions on a... Read More

Florida’s Lessons for Indiana K-12 Reform

9/2/2009

Jeb Bush campaigned for governor on a clear and bracing set of education reforms in 1998. Having won office, he immediately pursued a dual track strategy of education reform: standards and accountability for public schools, choice options for... Read More

The Fiscal Impact of a Corporate and Individual Tax-Credit Scholarship Program on the State of Indiana

4/22/2009

Indiana legislators are currently debating the merits of a proposal to adopt a statewide tuition scholarship tax credit program. The proposed program would make available $5 million in tax credits that businesses and individuals could claim by making... Read More

The Fiscal Impact of a Corporate and Individual Tax-Credit Scholarship Program on the State of Indiana

4/22/2009

Indiana legislators are currently debating the merits of a proposal to adopt a statewide tuition scholarship tax credit program. The purpose of this study is to project the impact of this program on the state’s public education costs. It forecasts... Read More

Expanding Choice: Tax Credits and Educational Access in Indiana

2/10/2009

Indiana has a long history of embracing tax credits to achieve desirable public policy goals, according to a report released today by Indiana's Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the DC-based Institute for Justice. The report also finds that... Read More

Property Taxes and Public Schools

2/24/2008

This study looks at how much money the state of Indiana has been investing in public education, and what kind of return on that investment the school system has provided. For a further look, find out which districts have the largest and smallest... Read More

The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Indiana

10/1/2006

This study finds that one year’s worth of high school dropouts cost Indiana taxpayers $62.5 million per year in lost tax revenue and higher Medicaid and incarceration costs, or about $3,000 per dropout per year. Indiana districts with higher... Read More

Indiana’s New and (Somewhat) Improved K-12 School Finance System

7/1/2005

This study analyzes and explains Indiana’s school finance system, finding that it is less transparent and less student-centered than the systems of neighboring states. Read More

 

News

4/29/2014 Study: Catholic schools "switching" to charters serve more students, minorities
2/11/2014 Survey: Voucher parents chose private schools for better academics
2/11/2014 National Review | Surprise: In Indiana, Parental Choice Increases Parental Satisfaction
1/31/2014 Indy Star | Let parents decide how to use school vouchers
1/27/2014 Washington Times | More vouchers for current private school students
11/7/2013 Two years after enacting statewide voucher program, Indiana makes dramatic gains on national achievement test
10/9/2013 Indianapolis Star | Explosive growth soon could make Indiana top state for school vouchers
10/2/2013 OneNewsNow | Thousands request vouchers in Indiana, thousands more eligible
8/19/2013 Washington Times | Five cheers for choice
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
8/6/2013 Stateline | Tax Dollars for Private School Tuition Gain in States
3/27/2013 President's Comments: Milton Friedman’s Advice for Crafting School Choice Policies
3/27/2013 Indiana Vouchers Help Student Excel in School and Community
3/26/2013 Indiana Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Constitutional
1/23/2013 Enlow | School Choice: 49 Million Students Still Without Options
1/21/2013 Atlanta Journal Constitution | National School Choice Week: 49 Million Students Still Without Options
1/6/2013 Indianapolis Business Journal | Legislature to Look at Expanding Voucher Program
12/5/2012 Enlow | Robert Enlow on Indiana Voucher Lawsuit
11/20/2012 School Vouchers Survive Legal Fight in Oklahoma, Face Hearing in Indiana
11/20/2012 Indianapolis Star | Indiana’s Voucher Program Makes Huge Gains
10/30/2012 StateImpact | Indiana Public Schools Added Teachers, Administrators Faster Than Students
6/17/2012 The Daily Advertiser | Vouchers Usually Tested in Court
5/28/2012 Tribune-Star | School Choice Proponents Foresee Growth of Vouchers
5/17/2012 Enlow | Students Deserve Education Options
5/10/2012 Hiner and Ford | Moms Believe in Vouchers
4/19/2012 Journal & Courier | Supporters Defend Indiana Voucher Law in Court Briefs
4/16/2012 Indianapolis Business Journal | No Reason for Vouchers to Divide Reformers
4/13/2012 Education Week | La. School Choice Options Expand After Sweeping Education Overhaul
4/12/2012 Wall Street Journal | School Vouchers Gain Ground
4/6/2012 AP | School Vouchers Spark Growing Court Fights in US
3/14/2012 Local Education Organization Praises Choice for Indianapolis Deputy Mayor of Education
3/5/2012 Indiana Barrister | Study Shows Choice Does Not Financially Harm School Districts
2/15/2012 WXIN (Fox 59) | Education Supporters Gather for 'Ed Reform Rocks' Rally
1/20/2012 Inside INdiana Business | Indiana Preparing For National School Choice Week
1/18/2012 Las Vegas Review-Journal | Another Victory for School Choice
12/19/2011 Education Week | Indiana Schools Grapple With Voucher Law's Impact
12/19/2011 WISH-TV | Judge Hears School Voucher Debate
12/12/2011 WANE.com | Luers Showcased in Voucher Program
11/18/2011 State Impact | Could Indiana’s School Vouchers Be Saving The State Money?
11/17/2011 State Impact | Are Ads For Schools A ‘New Reality’ In Indiana?
11/4/2011 Indianapolis Star | Vouchers Start Out Strong in Indiana
11/3/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia Can Return to Leading Role in Giving Students Choices
11/3/2011 Final Results: Indiana is Nation’s Largest Ever First-Year Voucher Program
11/3/2011 Indianapolis Star | Indiana’s Voucher Start Exceeds all Others
10/25/2011 Enlow | Voucher Program a Valuable Reform
10/19/2011 Indianapolis Star | Democratic Powerhouse Gordon St. Angelo Dies at 84
10/19/2011 WXIX | Ex-Ind. Democratic Leader St. Angelo Dies at 84
10/19/2011 Journal Gazette | Former Democratic Leader St. Angelo Dies at 84
10/19/2011 Remembering Gordon St. Angelo
9/30/2011 2011’s New School Choice Programs
9/15/2011 KCTV - Kansas Lawmakers Look to Improve Learning in Sunflower State
9/13/2011 WORLD | The Battle Over Vouchers in Indiana
9/3/2011 Enlow | Indiana School Vouchers Include the Choice of Private Education
9/1/2011 Chicago Tribune | Idolizing Indiana
8/27/2011 Enlow | Vouchers Help Create a Supporting System at Home, Aiding Students
8/27/2011 Evansville Courier & Press | Educators, Parents Begin State Voucher Program
8/23/2011 Byrne | The Case for School Vouchers
8/19/2011 Yahoo! | Indiana School Voucher Program Facing Lawsuit
8/16/2011 WLFI | Judge Denies Injunction on Voucher Law
8/15/2011 Indiana Court Rules in Favor of School Voucher Program
8/13/2011 Evansville Courier & Press | Vouchers Will Cost EVSC 94 Students and Thousands of Dollars
8/10/2011 DiPerna | Parents Snatching Up Vouchers and K-12 Scholarships for New School Year
8/10/2011 DiPerna | Parents Snatching Up Vouchers and K-12 Scholarships for New School Year
8/3/2011 Courier-Journal | Indiana Has More Than 1,000 Applications For School Vouchers
8/3/2011 EducationNext | No Matter How You Ask the Question
8/2/2011 AP | School Voucher Bills Flood GOP-led Statehouses
7/30/2011 Enlow | Friedman's Dream Unleashed
7/28/2011 Enlow | Is 2011 Milton Friedman's Year of School Choice?
7/18/2011 WORLD | School Choice Gains Support
7/5/2011 Wall Street Journal | The Year of School Choice
7/1/2011 WLFI | LSC Joins in Lawsuit Over Voucher Law
6/30/2011 Evansville Courier & Press | Diocese Officials Praise School Voucher Plan
6/28/2011 Road to Reform Runs Through Indiana
6/26/2011 Journal & Courier | Indiana voucher program lags weeks before debut
6/22/2011 Reed | New York should follow the lead taken by Indiana
6/21/2011 Reed | Revolutionizing Education, Hoosier-style
5/27/2011 Reed | Jeff Reed on WSPD's Brian Wilson and the Afternoon Drive
5/16/2011 Reed | Indiana Lures, Keeps Residents With School Choice
5/6/2011 Nevada Appeal | Dude, where's my voucher?
5/6/2011 NPR | School Voucher Debate Heats Back Up
5/5/2011 Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Signs Historic Voucher Bill into Law
5/3/2011 Indianapolis Star | Education Reforms Will Affect Futures of Schools, Students and Teachers
4/29/2011 Enlow | School Choice: Alive and Well
4/28/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Decisions for Daniels as he Weighs White House Bid
4/28/2011 Washington Times | States Leaving Feds Behind on School Reforms
4/27/2011 Nation's Most Expansive Voucher Law Heads to Governor's Desk
4/27/2011 San Antonio Express-News | Indiana Lawmakers OK Broadest Voucher Plan in US
4/27/2011 Washington Post | Indiana OKs Broadest Private School Voucher System in US, As Governor Mulls White House Bid
4/21/2011 Indiana Senate Passes Nation's Largest Voucher Bill
4/19/2011 USA Today | Why School Vouchers are Worth a Shot
4/19/2011 School Reform News | Indiana Senate To Vote on Voucher, Parent Trigger Bills
4/15/2011 New York Times | Budget Deal Fuels Revival of School Vouchers
3/30/2011 Indiana House Passes Nation’s Largest Voucher Bill as 1,000 Gather Supporting School Choice
3/30/2011 Huffington Post | Indiana GOP pushes ahead with big voucher program
3/4/2011 Indianapolis Star | Bold Legislation for Better Education
2/28/2011 Indianapolis Star | Will state's top court settle school vouchers?
2/28/2011 New Poll Shows Indiana Voters Eager for Choice
2/28/2011 Why 2011 will be a Year of Growth for School Choice
2/23/2011 Enlow | Do Striking Teachers Think of Kids?
2/8/2011 Heartland | Indiana Parent Trigger
1/24/2011 Enlow | Robert Enlow on WIBC's The Greg Garrison Show
1/22/2011 Indianapolis Star | Voucher program would open access to private schools
1/17/2011 Chesterton Tribune | Indiana lawmakers working on details of school voucher plan
1/11/2011 Indianapolis Star | Survey: Hoosiers say schools are failing
1/10/2011 New Poll: Indiana Voters Support Choice in Education, Substantially Underestimate Public Education Spending
1/10/2011 Indianapolis Star | Indiana education reform effort picking up steam
1/10/2011 IBJ | Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes
1/10/2011 Courier-Journal | Poll: Hoosiers support Mitch Daniels' school vouchers idea
1/10/2011 Enlow | Robert Enlow on Afternoons with Amos
1/9/2011 Enlow | Give Families the Freedom to Choose
1/2/2011 Chicago Tribune | Private foundation's Indiana ad campaign backing moves to broaden school choice
12/29/2010 Foundation to push for school choice
12/26/2010 New Campaign Spotlights Education Options in Indiana
9/23/2010 Enlow | Robert Enlow on The Greg Garrison Show
9/10/2009 Enlow | Go for whole package of school reform, not pieces
9/2/2009 Florida’s Lessons for Indiana K-12 Reform
8/19/2009 Co-founder of Indy-based think tank dies
7/31/2009 Education innovation starts here
7/28/2009 State Superintendent Tony Bennett to speak at Indianapolis event honoring Dr. Milton Friedman
7/28/2009 Enlow | Robert Enlow on Greg Garrison
7/7/2009 Enlow | Indiana Adopts New School Choice Program
6/30/2009 Indiana passes new school choice program
6/15/2009 The Daniels Choice
6/12/2009 Scholarship tax credits are good for kids and budget
5/15/2009 Enlow | School choice would help budget
4/22/2009 Tax credit scholarship program for K-12 education in Indiana would save state tax dollars
4/15/2009 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: school choice in Obama's America and our Oklahoma
2/10/2009 Tax credits for school scholarships: a win, win, win for Indiana
11/13/2008 Ben Stein to address the importance of academic competition at school choice fundraising event December 3
11/13/2008 Ben Stein to deliver school-choice lecture
3/14/2008 Spending on schools goes up, but we don't have choice
2/25/2008 Schools' fears don't relate to reality
2/25/2008 Cuts in Property Taxes Won't Affect Grades, study says
10/30/2007 Drumbeat sounds anew for Emmis buyout deal
7/19/2007 Forum: Free -market Affair
5/9/2007 Study: School Choice Generates Savings
10/26/2006 Indiana's 2006 dropouts will cost taxpayers $62 million every year
7/12/2005 Indiana’s new education funding formula better, still in need of improvement
11/19/1999 Mayor Stephen Goldsmith to join Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation as Senior Advisor
10/4/1999 Kids Deserve a Chance, You Deserve a Choice