State voucher use keeps rising

More local families are using tax dollars to send their children to private school, and local school superintendents want to know why.

Indiana began offering families the chance to use vouchers to pay for private school tuition in 2011. This school year marks the third year the vouchers have been offered to families, and 289 local students and 19,809 Indiana students are using them. That’s more than double the number of students who used vouchers at private schools last school year, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

Local school districts receive between $5,000 and $6,000 from the state for each student who attends their schools. When a student uses a voucher to attend private school, they take that money, which pays for teachers’ salaries and insurance benefits, with them. At least one private school, Greenwood Christian Academy, has added more Advanced Placement and college-level courses for families coming to the school with the vouchers, headmaster Bruce Peters said.

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