Skip to comments.Daniels Signs Sweeping Education Reform Bills
Posted on 05/05/2011 11:27:41 AM PDT by Abathar
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the nation's broadest private school voucher system into law Thursday, part of sweeping education reforms he championed that won approval in the Indiana Legislature.
Lawmakers and supporters joined Daniels at a Statehouse ceremony where he signed the voucher bill and another proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, which are public schools free of many state regulations.
The controversial voucher program would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private and religious schools.
Unlike other systems that are limited to lower-income households, children with special needs or those in failing schools, Indiana's voucher program will be open to a much larger pool of students, including those already in excellent schools.
(Excerpt) Read more at theindychannel.com ...
"The actual value of the vouchers is based on a sliding scale and is less than the amount of tax money a public school would have received for that student. In the case of students in grades 1 through 8, the maximum value would be $4,500.
But the bill includes a tax deduction of $1,000 for each child in a private school or home school. That will translate into a revenue loss of more than $3 million, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency."
Great move. Can can Freepers forgive him for caring more about economic issues than “social” issues?
Homeschooling is superior (in results) to private schools anyway.
Now, would these vouchers be applicable to homeschooling expenses?
This IS a social issue.
A big fat social issue of great import.
Breaking the stranglehold that the government unions and the dems have on the education of our children is THE paramount social issue & act today.
With this we can plan forward.
Without this, nothing
Last week, he signed a bill de-funding Planned Parenthood in Indiana.
Vouchers from the Government(local, state or Feds) may come w/ Government Strings attached. BE CAREFUL HOMESCHOOLERS when you accept these vouchers.
He just signed a bill to defund planned parenthood in IN. He also recently said tax hikes should be on the table for balancing the Federal Budget. Actions do speak louder than words so I'm impressed so far. If he really wanted to raise taxes and not just use it as a bargaining tool than there would be trouble.
He also surrendered to Obama on foreign policy.
Sure we can forgive. But the dimunitive Daniels will NEVER win the GOP nomination.
I don’t believe so, I think it has to be something other than home school but they will at least get some kind of tax break for it.
Not sure about that though, it would be great if they got to keep the $4500 but I doubt it.
You don’t understand the core thinking though. If they did raise taxes, while making huge cuts at the same time and proving to people the extra taxes are going directly towards paying off the debt then you will not hear nearly the outcry as otherwise.
What a load of crap.
Aww, beat me to it...
If he means getting rid of some of the corporate welfare loopholes, then I'm all for it.
Don't be hyperbolic.
He didn't "surrender"...he just said he wasn't prepared yet to debate.
I don’t hold his height or lack thereof against (don’t want no short people ..). I’m sure some would. What he does and says can offset being short so I don’t agree with you. I’m still studying him. I did sit through a few hrs of youtube videos and this guy is a real person and likable.
My concern has been that he seems to be a one issue guy - budget. So we’ll see. I doubt he has any interest in foreign policy. Neither does obama and anyone could do better than obama on that front.
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