Indiana

School Choice Policies

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

No-

"An authorizer may not grant a charter to a for-profit entity."

IC 20-24-3-2(a): Authorization of charter to nonprofit entities

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Did not find-

We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Indiana statutes. However, Education Commission of the States states that Indiana does not have caps on charters.

Education Commission of the States 50 States Comparison

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

No-

However, charter school applications must include a transportation plan. Services that a school district provides to a charter school, including transportation, may be provided at no more than 103% of the actual cost of the services.

IC 20-24-3-4 Proposal to establish charter school; required contents
IC 20-24-7-4 Costs of services provided by school corporation; administrative fees for authorizers

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Yes-

At least ninety percent (90%) of full-time teachers must either: (1) hold any license or permit to teach in a public school in Indiana or (2) be in the process of obtaining a license to teach in a public school in Indiana under the transition to teaching program

IC 20-24-6-5 General and alternative qualifications for full time teachers; part time teachers; other providers of service

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Yes-

Indiana statutes allow for "virtual education programs" and "virtual charter schools."

IC 20-24-7-13 Virtual charter schools; funding; reporting
IC 20-19-3.6 Virtual Education Program Report (expired 6-30-2019)

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Yes-

Charter schools must comply with state compulsory attendance law (IC 20-33-2: compulsory school attendance).

IC 20-24-8-5(10): Applicable statutes, rules, and guidelines

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Yes-

"An individual who is employed as a licensed teacher at a virtual charter school must comply with any mandatory licensed teacher training that is required under this title."

IC 20-24-5-4.5(d): Onboarding requirements; teacher training requirements; student residency requirement

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

Yes-

Indiana statute allows for the Choice Scholarship Program.

IC 20-51-4

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

Yes-

Indiana statute allows for the Private School/Homeschool Deduction program: A taxpayer who makes an unreimbursed education expenditure in a private elementary or high school education program during the taxpayer's taxable year is entitled to a deduction against the taxpayer's adjusted gross income in the taxable year.

IC 6-3-2-22

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Yes-

For the Choice Scholarship Program, an "'eligible school' refers to a public or nonpublic elementary school or high school..."

Indiana statute IC-20-18-2-12 defines a "nonpublic school" as: a school that is not maintained by a school corporation. The term includes a private school or parochial school.

IC 20-51-1-4.7(5): Eligible school
IC 20-18-2-12: Nonpublic school

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

No-

However, there was a cap at one point: "The department may not award more than: (1) seven thousand five hundred (7,500) choice scholarships for the school year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012; and (2) fifteen thousand (15,000) choice scholarships for the school year beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2013."

IC 20-51-4-2: Eligibility for scholarships; limit on number of scholarships

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Yes-

"'Eligible school' refers to a public or nonpublic elementary school or high school that:
(5) administers the statewide assessment program"

IC 20-51-1-4.7(5): Eligible school

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Yes-

"1. If the school is placed in either of the lowest two categories or designations under IC 20-31-8-3 for two consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for one year for new students.

2. If the school is placed in either of the lowest two categories or designations under IC 20-31-8-3 for three consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for new students until the school is placed in the middle category or higher category or designation, for two consecutive years.

3. If the school is placed in the lowest category or designation under IC 20-31-8-3 for three consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for new students until the school is placed in the middle category or higher category or designation, for three consecutive years."

IC 20-51-4-9: Consequences for eligible schools in lowest performance categories; waiver or delay

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Did not find

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes-

"The parents of any student, regardless of the student's age, or the student after the student has become eighteen (18) years of age may request a transfer from a school corporation in which the student has a legal settlement to a transferee school corporation in Indiana or another state if the student may be better accommodated in the public schools of the transferee corporation. Whether the student can be better accommodated depends on such matters as:
(1) crowded conditions of the transferee or transferor corporation; and
(2) curriculum offerings at the high school level that are important to the vocational or academic aspirations of the student."

IC 20-26-11-5(a) Transfer at request of parent or student; approval; appeal

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Did not find

Page last updated: January 2020

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