State Gets 125 School Applications For Voucher Program

Department of Education Processing Applications

State officials said they've received more than 125 applications from schools seeking to take part in Indiana's new private school voucher plan.

State Department of Education spokesman Alex Damron said the department is working to process the applications for the program, which will initially allow a limited number of low- and middle-income families to use public money toward private school tuition.

The Herald-Times reported that nearly all of the 80 schools approved to date appear to be faith-based.

One of those is St. Vincent de Paul School in Bedford, where principal Rebecca Floyd said her school chose to participate in the voucher program because it wants to open its doors to all.

Teachers, administrators and clergy are suing to block the voucher law, which is the nation's broadest of its kind.

The DOE launched a website about the program at www.doe.in.gov/schoolchoice The site includes basic information about the program and a list of the schools that have been approved to participate.

Indiana's program will be limited to 7,500 students this coming school year. Families of four earning up to about $60,000 a year will be eligible.