Updated: June 11, 2013 6:30AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that expands Indiana’s school choice program.
House Bill 1003 will allow students who have siblings who qualify to skip over the required one year of public school education before applying to a voucher scholarship. It also expands eligibility to students with special needs and those who receive a scholarship from a Scholarship Granting organization.
If a family’s income rises above the current income threshold the new law allows that student to continue receiving the voucher.
Also, students who live in a failing school district can qualify for a voucher program without attending one year of public school first.
“Our Hoosier students deserve every opportunity to be successful, said Pence. “That includes having the choice to attend the school that works best for them. Thanks to this legislation, Hoosier students and their families now have more educational options available to meet their individual needs.”
Pence also signed House Bill 1334, which provides a liability insurance pool that teachers can opt into, protecting them from professional liability.