Gov. Pence to sign school vouchers bill Thurs.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gov. Mike Pence will sign a bill Thursday expanding Indiana’s school voucher program.

The program is already the largest in the country, but the new legislation will expand it further.

This will bring several major changes to the 2013-14 school year:

Students no longer have to attend a failing school to qualify. Students can receive vouchers without first attending a public school for a year. The program will be open to all students who live in a public school district that received a state performance grade of F.

The application window for the 2013-14 school year opened Feb. 27 and closes Aug. 26.

To be eligible, a household must meet certain income requirements.

For example, to receive a 90 percent scholarship, the household income limit for a family of four is $43,568. To receive a 50 percent scholarship, the household income limit for a family of four is $65,352.

This is third year for Indiana’s voucher program.

During the first year, 7,500 vouchers were available; last year that number doubled to 15,000 vouchers; this school year, the cap disappears.

Click here for more information, including how to apply, eligibility requirements and complete income requirements.

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