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Thirty Two Hundred Indiana Kids Allowed School Choice

Chicago Daily Observer 30 August 2011 3 Comments

From Catholic Vote

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.

From USA Today

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


  • Rufino Torres said:

    Lots of nice shots of white protesters and black students. Takes me back…

  • Parent of disadvantaged kids do care about education – and choose schools with standards. « New Trier Tea Party (author) said:

    […] Illinois is surrounded – by successful school choice programs. Bankrupt and behind the times: another generation of kids lose out. http://www.cdobs.com/archive/local-media/thirty-two-hundred-indiana-kids-allowed-school-choice/ […]

  • Dan Kelley said:

    It is disheartening to see that the leftist union goons are more concerned about controlling the monies allocated for public education than about improving the lives of inner city students.

    The tactics on display along the picket line in the videotape clip reminded me of a scene out of the Cold War era film as “I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.” The Milwaukee protesters looked like the Communist agitators who infiltrated industrial labor unions to advance the Moscow party line.

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