Indiana Voucher Program Continues Rapid Growth

Published December 8, 2014

Preliminary reports indicate almost 30,000 applications were made in Indiana for school vouchers this year. Such vouchers allow low- and middle-income families to use their child’s share of public education funding to send them to private schools.

Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, said, “Since 2011, the program has grown faster than any other voucher program every year. This is fantastic news for the many middle- and low-income families in the Hoosier state who are clamoring for more educational opportunity. 

Enrollment has reportedly risen by approximately two-thirds over the last school year.

“The rapid growth in the number of families participating in Indiana’s school choice program further demonstrates the demand for greater educational options,” said Jason Bedrick of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. “Different children have different educational needs. We should not expect that any one school will be able to best meet all the diverse educational needs of all the students who just happen to live in a given ZIP code.”

D. Brady Nelson ([email protected]) is a Washington, DC-based neo-Austrian economist, writer, and speaker from Brisbane, Australia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a regulation expert with The Heartland Institute.

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