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2013 Choice Program Improvements A S uccessful Session!. Webinar Partners. Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) John Elcesser School Choice Indiana (SCI) Marissa Lynch Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC) Glenn Tebbe. Before we Start: Disclaimers.
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A Successful Session!
& HB1001 (budget)
***Lots of unanswered questions***
(e.g. how federal requirements interface with state law)
One child was enrolled in St. Mary School in the 2012-2013 with a voucher. Younger sibling will be entering kindergarten in the 2013-2014 school year. Family’s income remains below the F & R cutoff of $43,568. Kindergarten student would be eligible after July 1 based on “sibling eligibility”.
The Smith’s two children received voucher last year at Indianapolis Christian. This year the father picked up another part time job. This took their income to 185 % level of F&R income. The family could maintain their vouchers based on the 200% “income improvement provision”.
The Jeter Family’s children have always attended private school. Even though their income qualified them for Choice Programs, they were not eligible as current private school families without leaving the school for a year. Since their income is under 200% of F & R income guidelines (or less if their school’s SGO has a lower cutoff), they will be eligible for an SGO scholarship (in the 2013-14 SY) if sufficient funds are available. They could apply for a voucher in the 2014-15 SY.
Josie Martin has attended Trinity Lutheran since kindergarten. She was been tested by Warren Township School Corp two years ago and is receiving speech and language services. Her family’s income was at 190% of F&R guidelines. Because of her income and never previously attending a public school she was not voucher eligible.
With the new changes in the law, she would not only be eligible for a voucher but the spec. ed. funds received by Warren Township could also go to Trinity so they could provide speech services.