Friday, January 13, 2012
Marion County Judge Upholds Constitutionality Of Indiana's School Voucher Law
Supporters of Indiana's school voucher law won a big case today challenging the constitutionality of the law because it allows state education dollars to flow to religious-supported parochial schools. The Indiana State Teachers Association, which brought the lawsuit, contended the law should be declared unconstitutional because of the state constitution's prohibition on public dollars being used to support a religious institution. Marion Co. Superior Court Judge Michael Keele ruled that the law doesn't violate the constitutional prohibition because the state isn't directly funding the parochial schools with the voucher program; rather, the state gives the vouchers to parents, who get to choose where to use them. There are about 4,000 students enrolled in Indiana's school voucher program. ISTA plans to appeal today's ruling.