Indiana Gov signs off on sweeping school voucher program

May 5, 2011

Associated Press


Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a plan giving Indiana the nation's most sweeping private school voucher program.
Daniels gathered with lawmakers and supporters at the Statehouse Thursday to sign the voucher bill and another proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, which are public schools free of many state regulations. Daniels and other bill supporters say the proposals will give parents more choices for their children.
The voucher program directs taxpayer money to private and religious schools. The plan is based on a sliding income scale, with families of four making more than $60,000 qualifying for a scholarship if they move from public to private schools.
Critics say the proposal blurs the line between separation of church and state and spreads scarce education money too thin.