More students using school vouchers: Uncertain enrollment complicates districts' budgeting process

The amount of tax dollars leaving public schools for private schools is increasing statewide and across Johnson County, leaving public schools less money for employees salaries and benefits.

This is the second year low- and middle-income families in Indiana have had the option to use state-provided vouchers to send their children to private schools. Across the state, 9,324 children are using the vouchers, more than double the number of students using them last year. Locally that number has risen to 145, which is more than twice as many students who received vouchers in 2011, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education.

Next year, school officials are unsure what to expect and if the number will grow more. Though the number of available vouchers was capped at 15,000 this year, there will be no cap next year.

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