When former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels began pitching the idea of school choice – vouchers – the rhetoric was that this was a wise use of state funds to help poor kids in failing schools. Listening to political leaders now, it is abundantly clear the voucher scheme has grown far beyond those altruistic goals.

To no one’s surprise, the political maneuvering and ideological shenanigans reached a crescendo this spring as the Indiana General Assembly, with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s approval, expanded the voucher program’s budget to an estimated $500 million for fiscal year 2024 and $595 million in 2025. That’s up from $240 million in the current budget.

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