Double from 2012-13; public schools worry

Julie Crothers | The Journal Gazette
More than half the local nonpublic schools doubled the number of students enrolled this academic year with vouchers, filling up private and charter school classrooms and pulling revenue from the public districts.

In 2011-12, the first year of the Choice Scholarship Program – more commonly called vouchers – 3,911 students and 241 schools participated, according to Indiana Department of Education data.

The numbers increased to 9,139 students and 289 schools for the 2012-13 school year, and 19,809 students and 313 schools for the 2013-14 school year.

Public school leaders remain concerned about what the increased number of students selecting a private school means for their classrooms.

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POSTED: 01/28/14 at 6:59 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools