Indiana educational choice program receives more than 20,000 student applications

Huge demand demonstrates importance of educational choice program
Washington, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, issued the following statement in response to the Indiana Department of Education reporting that 20,047 students applied for Indiana’s educational choice program.
“The demand for educational choice in Indiana is overwhelming and indicative of the need for, and importance of, educational options for Hoosier children,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to the American Federation for Children.
Earlier this year, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law HB1003, which expanded the eligibility requirements, giving more hardworking Indiana families access to the Choice Scholarship Program. The new law expanded access to low- and middle-income families and offered new opportunities to children in D or F schools.
Indiana’s educational choice program is one of the most expansive, inclusive, and accountable programs in the country.  In 2011, the teachers’ union sued to block the program, but in a victory for Indiana’s families, the program was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court in a unanimous 5-0 vote. Students from low and middle-income families can receive scholarships ranging between 50 to 90 percent of their school tuition.
The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.
Kevin P. Chavous is a noted attorney, author, and national school reform leader. A former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and a former chairman of D.C.’s Education Committee, Chavous was responsible for enacting numerous education reforms in D.C. Chavous also presides as board chair for Democrats for Education Reform and is a former chair of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.