Indiana's State Budget
On Thursday, a conference committee met to discuss amendments to the State Budget. Advocates from all over Indiana came to make one final ask for added funding to their respective sectors. Legislators now have until Wednesday to come to an agreement on the final budget that will cover state funding over the next two years.
Included, is a significant expansion of Indiana's school voucher program. It will expand voucher access even further, in some cases to families earning over $100,000 per year for a family of four. The plans would also eliminate partial vouchers, granting even middle-income families full scholarships — which average more than $5,800 per student.
While supporters say that this is one step closer to universal school choice, critics are concerned that this will take much needed funding away from public schools who need the funding more and from public school educators who are long overdue for an increase in their compensation.