Vouchers

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When she leaves office at the end of next year, Indiana education superintendent Jennifer McCormick will become the last person to be elected Indiana’s top educator. The position will be appointed by the governor starting in 2021 – a choice no longer afforded to the voters.

McCormick visited West Lafayette recently and WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with her to talk about choices – including how parents choose schools and how she crafts the next step in her career.

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The Indiana State Board of Education has approved the acceptance of vouchers by four private schools with a history of low performance and academic failure.

All four schools had lost their ability to enroll new students in the Choice Scholarship program because they’d been rated a D or an F on the state’s accountability system for at least two consecutive years.

But a new law allows private schools in this situation to seek a one-year waiver.

Without a waiver, schools would need years of academic improvements to accept new voucher students.

For the first time the number of Hoosier students using publicly-funded vouchers to attend a private school reached 3 percent of statewide enrollment, according to a new report.

Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program hit a record 34,299 students this academic year using the controversial tuition support but the overall growth of the program appears to be slowing down.

Truitt Reluctantly Supports Vouchers

Jan 3, 2012
Indiana House Republican caucus

A Lafayette area lawmaker calls himself a reluctant supporter of the state voucher program.

Republican Randy Truitt says he plans to introduce several reforms during the upcoming session to make it better.

He believes one necessary change is to make sure public schools that don’t lose students to vouchers aren’t penalized financially.

Truitt says he wants to review the progress of the program and, if it’s determined that it is not working, go back and fix any problems.