(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Senate has approved Governor Mitch Daniels' proposal to give tax dollars to parents to pay for private schools.
Senators passed House Bill 1003 on a 28-22 vote Thursday. A conference committee will be held on the bill unless the House approves of the Senate version, in which case it goes to the governor for signature into law.
The measure is the second key piece of the governor’s education reform agenda. A separate piece of legislation limiting teachers’ collective bargaining rights was signed into law Wednesday.
A family of four would need to earn less than $40,000 a year to qualify for the largest vouchers, which would take 90 percent of the state aid which would have gone to their kids' public school district and put it toward the private school.
Those with incomes between $40,000 and $61,000 could use half of the state aid for tuition.
The number of vouchers allowed statewide is limited to just 7,500 in the first year and 15,000 in the second. However, the cap is eliminated in the third and subsequent year.