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ERIC Number: ED558597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program: Legal Challenges, Program Expansion, and Participation. Informing Policy and Improving Practice. Policy Brief
Cierniak, Katherine; Billick, Rebecca; Ruddy, Anne-Maree
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
School choice programs can take a variety of forms, from the provision of various public school options, such as charter schools, to programs which provide funds to offset the cost of students' attendance at a private school. The provision of funds is most often accomplished in two ways: through the provision of state educational funds to be used for tuition in private schools, or through tax-credit scholarships. Vouchers typically refer to government provision of funds for parents to send their child(ren) to a private school rather than their assigned public school. While Indiana has both a tax-credit scholarship and voucher program, this brief only highlights the Indiana Choice Scholarship (ICS) voucher program. In reporting on ICS, this brief draws upon data obtained through documents on court decisions as well as information provided by the Indiana Department of Education via publicly available reports and unpublished raw data obtained through data requests. This brief provides an overview of the ICS program, and describes the Indiana Supreme Court's "Meredith v. Pence" 2013 decision, which upheld the constitutionality of the law. Changes to public law and eligibility requirements that impacted the implementation of ICS are detailed. This brief presents data on the ICS program's first three years of implementation, and explores the implications of the changes in ICS. [For the companion brief, "Mapping the Growth of Statewide Voucher Programs in the United States. Informing Policy and Improving Practice. Policy Brief" (2015), see ED558581.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana