Voucher Impact 2018-2019

Submitted by Phil on Sat, 12/15/2018 – 11:35

The link below will take you to a google sheet with the latest voucher/financial data


School Funding and Indiana’s Choice Program Talking Points

All comparisons run from Jan of 2010 to Oct of 2018 unless noted

Executive Summary

  • Growth in Indiana’s budget for public school personnel has not kept up with growth in its general fund or even inflation. Specifically, the current budget for public school personnel is almost $300M behind the 2009-10 budget when inflation is taken into account. 
  • Vouchers are also funded from the budget for public school personnel. In 2018-2019, over $150M of this budget was utilized to fund Vouchers — with very little accountability. 
  • The girls and boys attending Indiana’s public schools are currently educated utilizing a budget that is lagging by $450M.

Indiana’s General Fund (i.e., monies legislators control)

  • The Consumer Price Index (inflation rate) has grown by 16.71%
  • The Indiana General Fund has grown by 20.96%
  • K-12 Tuition Support Budget has grown by only 12.12% 
  • Tuition Support funds nearly all personnel working in public schools
  • Considering inflation, but momentarily ignoring the impact of Vouchers, the Tuition Support Budget is $295,031,840 behind 2010 funding for the current school year

How Vouchers Work

  • Depending on family income, a qualifying child can receive a Voucher worth up to 90% of their local public school’s per student funding
  • Nearly 60% of voucher recipients have never attended a public school, but are now an additional cost taken from the Tuition Support Budget
  • Of the remaining 40%, the majority attended public schools for only one year before the Voucher program, but not the same year
  • The average public school student receives a little less than $6000, the average Voucher student receives $4258
  • The Voucher money is not taken from the local school, it is taken out of the Tuition Support Budget, (there is not a simple transfer of funds between the two schools) thereby decreasing the dollars for all public schools

Number of students’ educations funded by the tuition support budget

  • Public school enrollment during 2009-2019 is volatile, ranging from an increase of 3523 students in 2017-18 to a decrease of 4877 students in 2011-12
  • From 2010 to 2017, the US Census Bureau projects Indiana has lost 20,806 school-aged children. In that same period of time Indiana’s public and charter schools’ enrollment has only dropped by 6,158 from 1,036,839 students to 1,030,681 students.
  • There were 36,328 voucher requests in 2018-19
  • The 36,328 vouchers in 2018-19 result in a 3.41% increase in students to be funded this year

Impact on the amount of money allocated per student by Indiana

  • The Voucher Program decreases funding for all public school students
  • In 2009-10, the Tuition Support Budget allocation divided by enrolled public school students was $6,192
  • In 2018-19, the Tuition Support Budget allocation divided by only the enrolled public school students would be $6998, which is a 13% increase from 2009-10. However, the addition of Voucher students cut the average to $6,826 – only a 10.25% increase while the rate of inflation was 16.71%
  • This results in approximately $154 million taxpayer dollars spent to fund vouchers that could have been utilized for the benefit of girls and boys attending public school

Fiduciary Oversight

  • There is no fiduciary oversight by the state of the Voucher money
  • There are no requirements that keep Voucher taxpayer dollars from being used to enable the receiving organization to redirect its existing money for non-education purposes


IDOE – Students Mobility After ADM Count Date request

IDOE – Historic Voucher v Traditional Enrollment numbers request

IDOE – Number of teachers request

Budget Numbers from https://www.in.gov/sba/2364.htm

IDOE Public Corporation Transfer Report


Bureau of Labor Statistics