Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

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Indiana's growing school voucher program is resulting in a modest gain for the state's public schools.

The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million more would go to the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.

The state spends less money on students receiving vouchers than for public school students. The difference is returned to public schools.

Voucher supporters have said that savings proves vouchers are good for Indiana's public schools as well as private schools. But opponents have said the state is still spending less on public schools than before the recession.

State lawmakers approved a biennial budget last month that spends an additional $300 million on schools over the next two years but also spends more for an expansion of the voucher program.

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