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  • Indiana Considers School Choice Tax Credit

    Hoosier State Governor Mitch Daniels included a $5 million school choice tax credit program in his budget, which will be considered in the state legislature’s special session. According to The Brazil Times:

    The Indiana School Scholarship Tax Credit program would provide a 50 percent state tax credit for charitable contributions to qualified scholarship programs serving lower-income families. Children in grades kindergarten-12 could qualify for scholarships to help attend the public or private school of their choice. The program passed the Indiana Senate with bipartisan support earlier this spring on two occasions.

    Facing a large state budget deficit, some may be wondering why Governor Daniels would be supporting providing a new tax break. One reason is that his program is likely to generate significant fiscal savings for the state over time. In April, the Friedman Foundation analyzed the fiscal impact of the proposed tax credit plan and found that the program could save as much as $4.7 million in the first year.

    If the Hoosier state becomes the newest to offer school choice, it could be a win-win for students and taxpayers.

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    12 Responses to Indiana Considers School Choice Tax Credit

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    3. Sandy, Indiana says:

      We spent $192k between the two kids on private school education (except for a brief foray into public schools in 1999). Sad that we even call our public schools places for education. More like places for indoctrination.

    4. Lanny Valentine, Dav says:

      I believe Michigan should use the tax credit or voucher system for those that want to send their children to private or parochial school.

    5. Karen, Indiana says:

      Mitch Daniels is one of the best governors in the U.S.

    6. Dennis Allen Morris says:

      I find it absolutely amazing that a vast group of the conservatives in America are so willing to abandon public education. Education is the key to fixing the problems in this country and you can not do it by dividing Americans along lines of affluence or religion. All that does is differentiate us as Americans. "The More You Differentiate The More You Discriminate." The founders of this Nation knew this, that is why even before there was an America there was free Public Education. Fix the Schools and abolish the Teachers Unions.

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    8. John Clancy Wyandott says:

      To know our history, to return to our roots, to redirect our country, we need to radically change our approach to our educational institutions: they are counterproductive because they have become places for propaganda, not truth. Our institutions need to be for real learning. This will not happen as long as parents (taxpayers) continue to support them in the present manner.

      It cost about $5,000.00 per year to educate my grandson in a parochial school. I heard on the Bill Bennett Show several days ago that it costs the taxpayers $14,000.00 per year to educate a child in Wash. DC! –the worst government school district in the United States. Yes, Governor Daniels is making the right move, long overdue.

    9. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      It is a good idea to create interest in excellence,

      rather than regimentation!

    10. Robert Davis says:

      States could save millions of dollars on education by having a voucher program. private schools are far cheaper and do a better job. Democrats with money are keeping poor Democrats out of private schools and that is a disgrace. And they claim to be for the poor. They want them kept in bondage to the local democratic machine rather than get a great education and crawl out of poverty. Republicans should jump all over this issue. It will really cut into the minority vote for sure for them. There are far more parents than union teachers. Can anyone explain that to Republicans??

    11. Robert Davis says:

      You will never get the unions hands off of the public schools. So competition is what they need. Democrats are wrong on this issue. Obama and many Democratic congressmen have their kids in great private schools yet stand in the doorway private education for their fellow African Americans. That should be pointed out every chance we get. The African Americans need to start voting for a voucher supporting Republican and scare those Democrats into supporting is also.

    12. Colleen Stephenson says:

      I have three children, my oldest graduated last year. We are going into our fifth year of sending them to a neighboring community public school. I can't tell you how happy my children have been attending this school! It has caused our family huge financial burdens,but we beleive it was crucial for their success! I urge everyone to please get involved and help Indiana succeed with the 'School of Choice Program'

      You GO MITCH!

      Sincerely,

      The Stephenson Family

      Dan/Colleen Meghan, Danny & Shannon

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