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EDUCATION LEGISLATION: Lawmakers leave local schools in a lurch

May 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As Indiana’s legislative session wrapped up last week, decisions regarding the state’s education system has local school leaders holding their breaths.

In recent months, Steve Clason, Whitko Community Schools superintendent, has kept board members abreast of pending legislation. With each update, Clason has been faithful to end with his cautious, wait-and-see philosophy.

At the most recent meeting in April, Clason said, “Some of these items move forward and some don’t. At the same time, some things will impact our school and some won’t. We’ll see how this all comes down and make the necessary adjustments as needed.”

One of Indiana Governor Pence’s partial win was in the school voucher debate. He was able to expand the school voucher program, but not for foster care or adopted children. However, for other Indiana students, attending a school of their choice will come with state funding.

Indiana Senator Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, pointed to the work of Pence’s staff on the voucher bill as a high point. With the expansion, more students will be eligible to immediately attend private school with a state-paid voucher.

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