Lawmakers end voucher study with few clear answers


Indiana lawmakers are ending their review of the state's school vouchers program with few clear answers.
Voucher supporters argued Tuesday that private schools continue to outperform most public schools, while opponents said they were harming education in Indiana. But both sides agreed they could use more data on voucher recipients.
Republicans first signed off on the voucher law in 2011 and the Indiana Supreme Court recently upheld the law, deciding it did not amount to the state subsidizing certain religions. Lawmakers approved a modest expansion of the voucher program earlier this year and will likely consider further expansion when they return for their 2014 session.
The study of the vouchers was added to this year's program expansion amid concerns a more extensive plan could become a budget-buster for Indiana.

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