Indiana Families Line Up for Vouchers

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Catching up with a travel backlog: my Friedman Foundation colleague Paul DiPerna hit the HuffPost yesterday to let you know how the new voucher program is doing in Indiana:

In just a month’s time, some 2,200 students have already applied for scholarships to transfer to private schools for the 2011-2012 school year. Most of these kids have tried the public schools for at least one year, but they are now looking for a school that is better tailored to meet their needs.

I believe that’s easily the fastest takeup rate in the first year of a school choice program.

2 Responses to Indiana Families Line Up for Vouchers

  1. allen says:

    Excellent news indeed. Hopefully something approaching the half million kids that are eligible will sign up.

    2011 is shaping up to be a pretty hot year for education reform which bodes well for 2012.

  2. Greg Forster says:

    Absolutely – for the record, participation in the program is capped low for the first two years, it won’t be able to serve that many students until year 3. A major drawback for attracting educational entrepreneurs!

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