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Indiana Might Be No. 1 In The U.S. For Vouchers This Year

Indiana’s private school tuition voucher program appears poised to become the nation’s largest this year.

Preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Education shows 29,437 Indiana children applied for vouchers, which allow low- and middle-income families to redirect tax dollars intended to support their public school educations to instead pay private school tuition.

Final figures for how many of the applicants actually are awarded vouchers won’t be available until next month, but the number of applicants suggests a huge jump in voucher use is likely. Last year, 19,809 children used vouchers to attend private schools in Indiana. In recent years, the number of applicants has tracked closely to the final number of recipients.

A final number close to 30,000 would vault Indiana’s program to largest in the nation.