(Indianapolis, Ind.) - One of the bills which caused Indiana House Democrats to flee to Illinois in protest for five weeks has now passed that chamber.
House Bill 1003 gives taxpayer-funded scholarship money of up to $4,500 a year for parents to move their children out of a public school and into a charter or private academy.
Republicans made some changes to the bill, which triggered the end of the Democratic walkout. One of the changes now in the bill limits the statewide number of vouchers to 7,500 in the first year, 15,000 in the second year, and removes the cap in the third year.
The bill passed by a 56-to-41 vote, with four Republicans joining Democrats in voting no.
Democrats opposed the bill by arguing it will take away money from public schools without any evidence that charters improve student performance.