Indiana Supreme Court To Hear School Voucher Appeal

Justices Bypass Court Of Appeals

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a court decision upholding the state's school voucher law that created the largest such program in the nation.

Court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said the justices accepted jurisdiction over the case Friday, bypassing the state Court of Appeals.

Opponents backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association challenged the voucher law last year, saying it unconstitutionally uses public money to support religion because most of the private schools for which vouchers are used are affiliated with a church.

Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele ruled Jan. 13 that the School Choice Scholarship program doesn't violate the state constitution because the state isn't directly funding parochial schools. Instead, it gives scholarship vouchers to parents, who can choose where to use them.

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