Choice of education has financial rewards in Indiana



Mooresville Christian Academy in Mooresville, Indiana, is one of 969 private non-public schools in Indiana serving 111,872 students.

Editor’s Note: You can listen to Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill’s interview with Indiana State Representative Bob Behning here.

Indiana’s choice of school legislation saved the state $ 88 million, or about 1% of its annual general education fund spending, over the course of the year. 2019-2020 school year, according to a new to study from Ball State University.

Using data on 2019-2020 student transfers between Indiana’s 289 traditional public school districts, transfers between traditional public school districts and charter schools, and transfers between traditional public schools and private schools accepting Choice scholarship, researchers at the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research examined the differences in public funding if these transfer students had attended the traditional public school in the district in which they reside versus the district or school enrolled.

Another finding: more students were transferred out of schools with the highest funding per student than to schools.

“The biggest winners in terms of transfers are local public schools,” said Michael Hicks, one of the study’s authors. “So the first group of people in the state who have moved from one school to another are those who have moved from one local public school to another nearby local public school. And then number two is from a local public school to a charter school. And number three is from a local public school to a private school with a voucher.

School Choice has been available in Indiana since the 2011-12 school year, giving families the flexibility to choose the school they want, including private and charter schools. The state began offering vouchers that cover up to 90% of children’s tuition in private schools to low-income families to help them pay for private schools that same year.


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