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July 5, 2013

School Choice info night coming to Avon

AVON — Area parents hoping to gain more knowledge about the variety of options available to their children when it comes to picking a school will get the opportunity to learn when School Choice Indiana pays a visit to Kingsway Christian School here at 7 p.m. July 9 for an informational session.

According to information from School Choice Indiana, Inc., more than 9,000 students statewide, including 100 from Hendricks County, took advantage of the voucher program this past school year.

School Choice Indiana is a non-partisan, statewide organization dedicated to the principle that providing parents with choices in the education of their children will improve educational outcomes and the quality of education in both private and public schools.

“For our organization, it’s really about meeting the individual child’s needs,” says Marissa Lynch, field director for School Choice Indiana.

She said the informational night will help parents understand what the voucher program is, how to see if they qualify for it, and then discuss the tax credit scholarship program.

Recent legislation by Gov. Mike Pence that took effect July 1 is aimed at expanding the voucher program.

“We want to empower the parent to say ‘you can make a decision on where your child is going to learn the best and fit their individual needs’ so each child is thriving in their learning environment,” Lynch said. “Really what (the legislation) does is allows more families to access the voucher program.”

She said that ostensibly, the legislation allows special needs children to access the program, and children who are currently enrolled in a private school who meet income requirements can apply for the tax scholarship program.

Lynch said the onus is on School Choice Indiana to make sure the message is getting out there and that families at least know the options available to them.

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