Monday, December 26, 2016

How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era - The Washington Post

How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era - The Washington Post:

How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era


Indiana lawmakers originally promoted the state’s school voucher program as a way to make good on America’s promise of equal opportunity, offering children from poor and lower-middle-class families an escape from public schools that failed to meet their needs.
But five years after the program was established, more than half of the state’s voucher recipients have never attended Indiana public schools, meaning that taxpayers are now covering private and religious school tuition for children whose parents had previously footed that bill. Many vouchers also are going to wealthier families, those earning up to $90,000 for a household of four.
The voucher program, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing, serves more than 32,000 children and provides an early glimpse of what education policy could look like in Donald Trump’s presidency.
Trump has signaled that he intends to pour billions of federal dollars into efforts to expand vouchers and charter schools nationwide. Betsy DeVos, his nominee for education secretary, played an important role in lobbying for the establishment of Indiana’s voucher program in 2011. And Vice President-elect Mike Pence led the charge as the state’s governor to loosen eligibility requirements and greatly expand the program’s reach.
The notion of sending taxpayer funds to private and parochial schools is one of the most polarizing ideas in education. To proponents, the rapid expansion of Indiana’s program is a model for giving more families the chance to seek better educational options. But Indiana’s How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era - The Washington Post:


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