1. It takes more money from public schools.
- If parents are satisfied with the education they are receiving in a public school, they won't leave. We need to stop selling our public schools short by assuming everyone will leave if given the chance.
- The program saved the state $4.2 million in year one. That money went back to the public schools.
- With the 90% state ADM cap, it will always save the state money on prior year public students, and students without prior year public are still less costly to fund though a voucher than the cost of forcing them into a public school.
2. It's not constitutional.
The Indiana Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold the court decision that the voucher program is indeed constitutional.
3. Voucher schools don't have to accept all kids like public schools do.
That is correct. By participating in the program, non-public schools are agreeing to partner with the state in providing education for more Hoosier families. Their participation does not imply that they intend to "be more like public" schools. They intend to help even more kids if they have the resources to do so. With that said, most non-public schools have broad admission standards.
4. Voucher schools require admission based testing.
While a small handful of voucher schools do require admissions based testing, the vast majority do not. Only 18 schools have been identified as doing admissions testing.
5. Voucher schools don't serve special needs children.
Most voucher schools do, in fact, serve special needs children. Only six voucher schools were identified as not serving children with special needs. The schools that don't serve special needs children in many cases make that choice because they don't feel that their school is equipped to properly serve those students.
6. Voucher schools aren't held to the same standards as public schools.
Voucher schools do have a different set of standards than their public school counterparts. However, the standards for a voucher school are, in fact, higher than they are for public schools.
- If a voucher school receives a D or F grade for two consecutive years, they can no longer accept students using a voucher.
- Public schools can receive an F grade for six consecutive years before the state board of education steps in.