“Two years ago, when the voucher system was first proposed, the proponents pledged vouchers would be available only to those students who had first attended a public school and found it didn’t adequately meet their needs. They also vowed vouchers would only be awarded to low-income students who couldn’t afford another choice and that the number of vouchers would be capped.
This month, those promises were forgotten and the state’s voucher program was expanded dramatically…Students no longer have to first attend a public school. Eligibility is extended to any student if there is even one failing school present in their entire school corporation and to any student with a sibling already participating in the program. Finally, the cap on the number of vouchers has been permanently removed, and now those earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible.”