Judge lets Indiana vouchers go ahead

Indiana’s 2,800 voucher students can start private school: A judge rejected an effort by the state teachers’ union to enjoin the voucher program on grounds the state constitution requires “uniform schools.”

High schoolers who qualify for free or reduced lunch will be able to take 90 percent of the per-pupil funding that would have gone to their public schools and spend that money on private school tuition instead.

Those whose families earn up to 150 percent of that mark can take a smaller voucher, worth 50 percent of that per-pupil funding. And students in grades 1 through 8 can get up to $4,500 to apply to a private school’s tuition.

More legal challenges are expected.

So far, 83 percent of voucher applicants come from low-income families, but the program is open to middle-income families.

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