Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
Updated: March 26, 2013 11:02PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Pence says he welcomes the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision upholding the state’s private school voucher program.
Pence issued a statement following Tuesday’s ruling saying that the state should continue to look for ways “to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.”
The Legislature approved the voucher program in 2011 while Pence was still a congressman. The program gives public money to low- and middle-income families to attend the school of their choice.
More than 9,000 students are receiving vouchers this year.
Critics say the program siphons money away from struggling public schools.
The governor supports the voucher law and says he has long believed parents should be able to choose a private school for their children regardless of their income.