Indiana charter schools get state funding boost with help from influential voucher supporters
A successful issue advocacy campaign by the Indiana Student Funding Alliance is being heralded for ensuring that charter school students are not cut out of millions in new funding from a new property tax approved by voters in a 2023 ballot measure. The Mind Trust, a member of the Indiana Student Funding Alliance, estimates those changes will ultimately provide an additional $2,259 per student for charter schools within IPS. But even with the win, there’s a long way to go before funding between charters and traditional schools are fully equitable.
“Our goal remains the same, the same that it’s been for many, many years, which is parity in funding for public charter school students and we’re not there yet,” said Betsy Wiley, president of the Hoosiers for Quality Education nonprofit that helped fund the alliance’s campaign.