INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate is signing off on a
limited expansion of the state's school voucher program.
voted 27-23 Wednesday to approve the expansion. Ten Republicans joined
Democrats to oppose the measure. The expansion will now head to a
conference committee of House and Senate negotiators.
proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to
qualify for the program, raise the value of each voucher by $200 and
eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who
attend "failing" schools.
supporters say any expansion of the voucher program helps parents have
more education options. But opponents say the plan continues the state's
pattern of "abandoning" public schools.