State Supreme Court Upholds Indiana's School Vouchers

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled this week that the state's voucher program is constitutional. The case was widely watched because the program there has wide eligibility.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a note about something else that is sticking in Indiana: This week, that state's Supreme Court upheld Indiana's school voucher law.

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The case was widely watched, because the program there has wide eligibility. Most states using school vouchers limit them to low-income families, or to families with kids in failing schools.

GREENE: In Indiana, though, middle-class families can also use state tax dollars to send children to private schools. Now, the majority of people in the voucher program send their kids to parochial schools.

WERTHEIMER: And, in a unanimous decision, Indiana's high court ruled that's OK, because, the court says, the voucher law primarily benefits families and not religious institutions.

GREENE: A similar plan in Ohio was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 2002.

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