Thirty Two Hundred Indiana Kids Allowed School Choice
Multiple sources this morning are covering the initial success of Indiana’s school choice program, which supplements low and middle income parents so they can send their kids to private schools. More than 3,200 kids have enrolled in private schools under the program already, and that number is expected to keep increasing.
Opponents of the plan are likewise showing their true anti-religious agenda, with the Indiana teachers’ union vice-president emphasizing not the phony claim that school choice doesn’t work, but her real beef with the program: that too many of the private schools parents are choosing are Catholic.
Indiana’s program, which is still accepting applications, also topped first-year enrollment in a similar program in Milwaukee, which introduced a large-scale voucher system in 1991. Milwaukee’s program began with just 337 students its first year before growing to more than 19,000 last year, according to the Milwaukee School Choice Program website.
Indiana has a cap of 7,500 vouchers this year and no more than 15,000 next year. The cap will be lifted in 2013 and there will be no limit on the number of students who can obtain vouchers, according to the Indiana Department of Education.
While vandals struck Archbishop Messmer School in Milwaukee