School Choice Indiana to Discuss Important Changes to School Voucher Program

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

June 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Location: St. John the Baptist School

Event Description

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM EDT

Local parents and families interested in exploring educational options for their children will have an opportunity to learn more about the state’s school voucher program, tax credit scholarships, tax deductions, and other forms of school choice during an information session that School Choice Indiana is hosting in Fort Wayne this week.

The information session will take place at the following school:
Wednesday, June 26
St. John the Baptist School
6:30 p.m.

For the 2012-2013 school year, 1,401 students from Allen County participated in the voucher program. More than 9,000 students participated in the program statewide.

The sessions will provide interested parents with information on the school voucher program eligibility requirements, steps in the application process, and a list of schools participating in the program. The session will also cover other programs such as the scholarship tax credit program, which is another type of scholarship program to attend private schools. School Choice Indiana representatives will also have information on charter and other public school options in the area.

“We are thrilled that now more low- and middle-income families have the opportunity to choose a school that meets their child’s unique learning needs,” said Lindsey Brown, Executive Director of School Choice Indiana. “We expect more local families to take advantage of these programs in the 2013-2014 school year and we look forward to providing them with more information on their options.”

When parents receive a voucher, the state helps pay for tuition at a private school depending on the family’s income. Students qualifying for the federal free-and-reduced lunch program ($43,568 for a family of four) are eligible for a voucher worth up to 90 percent of the state tuition amount for the school district of residence. Children from families who earn up to 150 percent of the free-and-reduced lunch eligibility (around $65,352 for a family of four) can receive a scholarship for up to 50 percent of the state tuition amount.

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