While I sit and wait and tap my feet for some word on the appeal of the Douglas County choice scholarship injunction, here’s some important good news for you. A very similar statewide program enacted last year in the Hoosier State has been upheld in a January 13 decision:
A Marion County judge ruled Friday that Indiana’s school voucher program is constitutional. However, those who oppose the program say they’ll appeal his decision.
The vouchers, approved by General Assembly last spring, redirect money from public schools to help offset private-school tuition for students in low- and middle-income families.
Of course, the union and other anti-choice groups will appeal. That’s just the way it’s done. But it’s a big win for the good guys, coming five months after the same judge blocked an initial request to put the program on the same sort of injunction as the one holding back Douglas County families.
A quick victory lap then, first with a response from Indiana’s own Dr. Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice:
This is a huge victory and it means that the nearly 4,000 low-and-middle-income children in Indiana who are participating in the program can continue to attend a high quality, non-public school using public funds.
As you may recall, early reports show Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program growing at a record pace. Families there are hungry for more educational options, too. Not surprisingly, the American Federation for Children is also very pleased with the judge’s latest ruling:
“This ruling is a victory for children and families not just in Indiana, but all across America,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “It sends a message to special interests everywhere that they cannot stand in the way of giving disadvantaged children the educational opportunities they deserve.”
Indeed. And the timing couldn’t be better. I’m not talking about the fact the ruling came down on Friday the 13th — which debunks all the horrible superstition, unless perhaps you’re a union leader or ACLU attorney. The ruling in favor of Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program gives us in Colorado that much more to celebrate at one of the National School Choice Week events near you.
Perhaps I’ll see you there.