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Issue Position: Education

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During the 2011 legislative session, families were given more chioces for their children's education regardless of income or zip code, especially those of limited means. Charter schools were first authorized in Indiana in 2001. Now through the charter school bill, these public schools will be able to expand and provide innovative options to public school students. Legislation allowing school choice scholarships will provide families who do not have financial means a scholarship to pay the cost of tuition and fees at a public or private school that meets the needs of the student. Education is one of the few areas in the state budget that will now show an increase in state funding. About 1/4 of $150 million will be used to complete the extension of full day kindergarten to every school district in the state.


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