K-12 education is the largest component of Indiana’s state budget. Most Hoosier students go to public schools and probably always will.
Public schools receive support from the state government for general operations and from local property taxes for construction and transportation. In the last decade, some K-12 students have enrolled in charter schools, which are public schools freed from many state mandates and regulations.
Charters receive fewer tax dollars on average per student than traditional public schools. That is primarily because they do not have access to local property taxes for school construction and transportation. In the last few years, some students from lower-income households attended private schools using state-funded vouchers.