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Indiana school voucher program expands

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana's Supreme Court has upheld the state's school voucher program, which clears the way for it to expand.

The program's supporters say it lets parents send their children to any school they want, regardless of whether it's public or private, religious or secular.

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement Tuesday morning:

"I welcome the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's school choice program. I have long believed that parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income. Now that the Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously upheld this important program, we must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families."

But critics of the program say it mostly benefits religious institutions that run private schools.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued this statement:

"While I have great respect for the court, I am disappointed in today's decision.  As State Superintendent, I will follow the court's ruling and faithfully administer Indiana's voucher program.  However, I personally believe that public dollars should go to public schools, and I encourage Hoosiers to send that message to their representatives in the Statehouse."

Indiana's Supreme Court said in a unanimous decision that the program does not violate the state constitution. More than 500,000 Indiana students qualify for vouchers.

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