Reyna Rodriguez: Choice Scholarship alumna

May 7, 2018

Reyna was an invited guest of Sec. Betsy Devos at the 2017 AFC National Policy Summit.


Reyna Rodriguez is one of six siblings who’ve used the Indiana Choice Scholarship to get a quality 
private education. Reyna graduated from Fort Wayne’s Bishop Luers High School in May 2017 and is now studying optometry at Indiana University Bloomington.

In addition to being a mode studet, Reyna is a passionate school choice advocate. Shortly before graduating high school, Reyna was invited to join U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos at the American Federation for Children’s National Policy Summit. In 2018, Reyna joined other choice alumni and students in visiting Capitol Hill to advocate for school choice.

Reyna made this video to share her school choice story.

 



Which Indiana schools accept the Indiana Choice Scholarship?

May 7, 2018

During the 2017-18 school year, 318 Indiana private schools accepted Indiana Choice Scholarship. Schools that would like to participate in the Choice Scholarship, must file an application to do so with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) annually by September 1.



Indiana Choice Scholarship eligibility

May 7, 2018

Established in 2011, the Indiana Choice Scholarship was awarded to more than 35,000 Hoosier students for the 2017-18 school year. Indiana Choice Scholarship eligibility requires a student meeting certain criteria.

Click here to  to determine in 2 minutes if your child may qualify for help paying for private school with a Choice Scholarship >>

To be eligible for a Choice Scholarship, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. A student must have legal settlement in the State of Indiana.
  2. A student must be between the ages of 5 and 22 no later than August 1 of the school year.
  3. A student must be accepted for enrollment into a participating Indiana Choice Scholarship school (Click here to find participating schools near your home >>)

If a student satisfies the three above requirements, there are eight different pathways that enable a student to be eligible for an Indiana Choice Scholarship.

Click here to read about the eight different pathways >>

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What K-12 school options are available to Hoosier families? >>

May 7, 2018

Hoosier families have a wide range of K-12 school choices including:

During the 2017-18 school year, nearly 200,000 Indiana K-12 students attended schools other than the traditional public school to which they were assigned based upon their home address.



What is a school voucher?

May 7, 2018

School vouchers, awarded through the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, give parents the freedom to choose a private school for their children, using  part of the public funding set aside for their children’s education. Under the Choice Scholarship, either 50% or 90% of the funds typically spent by a school district on a qualifying child, are allocated to a participating family in the form of a voucher to pay partial or full tuition for their child’s private school.

Additional resources:
Indiana Dept. of Education (IDOE) – Choice Scholarship FAQs for Parents & Students >>
IDOE Choice Scholarship Program Page >>
EdChoice: What are school vouchers? >>

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What is a charter school?

May 4, 2018

Charter schools are public schools that are not affiliated with a religious organization and operate under a charter, or a contract between a charter authorizer and operator. There is no cost for a student to attend a charter school, but if more students apply to attend it the school most hold a lottery to determine who may enroll.

Charter schools are typically governed by an independent board of directors and receive some flexibility from state regulations in return for stronger accountability. Many are established to serve various styles and needs of public schools students with innovative instructional models.

Charter schools are required by law to give state standardized assessments (like ISTEP and IREAD) and are graded using the same A-F school grading system as traditional public schools. By law, charter schools are subject to closure after four consecutive years as an F rated school.

Approximately 80 charter schools are currently serving more than 45,000 students across Indiana.

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2018-19 Indiana Choice Scholarship Application Window Now Open

March 1, 2018

March 1 – The Indiana Department of Education today opened the Indiana Choice Scholarship application window for the 2018-19 school year. More than 35,000 Hoosier students used a Choice Scholarship to attend one of more than 300 private schools during the 2017-18 school year—an increase in participation of nearly 3.5 percent over 2016-17.

The continued growth of participation in the Choice Scholarship program is one indicator of the value Hoosier parents place on their right to choose a school that best meets their child’s needs,” said Kevin Gray, communications and outreach director for the Institute for Quality Education, “We advise families interested in pursuing private school options for the 2018-19 school year to start doing their research now.”

IQE’s MySchoolOptions website provides resources and information for families who are navigating their choices. The free online service includes an Opportunity Calculator—to help families quickly determine their eligibility for financial aid for paying private school tuition; a School Finder for discovering nearby schools of all types; and the #MySchoolChoiceStory blog, on which Hoosiers share their personal stories of school choice.

 



More Hoosier students used Choice Scholarships for 2017-18 school year

March 1, 2018

March 1 — The Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) recently-released Choice Scholarship Program Report shows that 35,458 Hoosier students used an Indiana Choice Scholarship, commonly referred to as a school voucher, during the 2017-18 school year; a year-over-year increase of about 3.5 percent. The IDOE is currently accepting applications for Choice Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year until September 1.

“We advise families interested in pursuing a private school education for their children to begin researching options now for next school year,” said Kevin Gray, MySchoolOptions outreach director, ” The MySchoolOptions School Finder is a great tool for finding and cont acting participating school about the admissions process. Once a child has been admitted to a school, that school will help the family prepare and send the Choice Scholarship application to IDOE.”

Families can get a preliminary understanding for their eligibility for both the Indiana Choice Scholarship and State Tax Credit (SGO) Scholarship programs by using the MySchoolOptions Opportunity Calculator.

For more information, contact the MySchoolOptions team.



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March 1, 2018

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