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State Supreme Court Upholds Indiana's School Vouchers

NPR
Thursday, March 28, 2013

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The Indiana Supreme Court ruled this week that the state's voucher program is constitutional. The case was widely watched because the program there has wide eligibility.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a note about something else that is sticking in Indiana: This week, that state's Supreme Court upheld Indiana's school voucher law.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The case was widely watched, because the program there has wide eligibility. Most states using school vouchers limit them to low-income families, or to families with kids in failing schools.

GREENE: In Indiana, though, middle-class families can also use state tax dollars to send children to private schools. Now, the majority of people in the voucher program send their kids to parochial schools.

WERTHEIMER: And, in a unanimous decision, Indiana's high court ruled that's OK, because, the court says, the voucher law primarily benefits families and not religious institutions.

GREENE: A similar plan in Ohio was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 2002. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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