Middle-class families could start qualifying for state funding for their children’s private school tuition under a proposal state lawmakers are considering.
Indiana has been helping low-income families pay the cost of private school tuition with taxpayer-funded vouchers for the past two years. Parents could receive either 50 percent or 90 percent of the cost of tuition, up to $4,500, as long as their annual income was within 100 percent to 150 percent of the amount needed to qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
A family of four, for example, would qualify for the program if their annual income was between $42,643 and $63,964.
Under a proposal by State Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, families’ incomes still would need to fall within 100 percent to 150 percent of the free and reduced-price lunch requirement to qualify for the program. But parents could continue to receive vouchers for their children if their income increased as long as it doesn’t go beyond 300 percent of the free and reduced-price lunch requirement.