House Bill 1003Private School Vouchers & Non-Public School Tax Deductions
Non-Public School Vouchers This law provides opportunities for parents who meet income requirements to receive vouchers to send their children to private, religious or for-profit schools. Funding for these vouchers comes directly from current K-12 school funding. During the first two years of the program, limits have been placed on the number of vouchers: 7,500 in 2012 and 15,000 in 2013. There are no limits after 2013. 2
This program is available to families with an annual income 150 percent free-and-reduced lunch. (A family of four with a maximum annual income of $62,500 would qualify)
To qualify for vouchers, students must have been enrolled in public schools for two semesters before their private school enrollment unless they already qualify for vouchers through a choice scholarship program.
In order to participate in the voucher program the school must administer ISTEP to its students.
Participating schools may not discriminate based on race, color or national origin of students.
Schools must also be accredited by the IDOE or by IDOE-approved accrediting organizations.
There is no prohibition against private schools raising their tuition by the amount of the voucher.
If a school underperforms on a long-term basis, moving forward it may be prohibited from participating in the voucher program.
Tax Deductions Parents with children in a non‐public school or home school may claim up to a $1,000-per-child deduction on their Indiana state income tax form for unreimbursed educational expenses including: textbooks, workbooks, computer software, tuition and fees. • No similar deductions are permitted to parents of public school students. 5
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