(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for a lawsuit challenging the nation’s most expansive school voucher program.
The Indiana Choice Scholarship voucher program began in 2011 after House Enrolled Act 1003 earned approval by state lawmakers. It allows families to receive up to 90 percent of the cost of tuition to a private school.
More than 8,000 students statewide are using the vouchers this year.
A group of educators backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association is challenging the law. The law’s opponents claim the program violates a state constitutional ban on government support of churches. A vast majority of the vouchers go to students attending religious schools.
Voucher programs in several states have previously been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court when challenged against the U.S. Constitution, however, this lawsuit alleges the law is in violation of Indiana's Constitution.
Arguments will be heard by the Indiana Supreme Court on November 21.
A Marion County judge previously upheld the voucher law in a January ruling.