The nation’s biggest school voucher program is growing in popularity, but it’s about to be put to the test in the Indiana Supreme Court.
A constitutional challenge to the Indiana voucher law begins with oral arguments Wednesday morning.
At Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitestown, the increase is even greater.
"We've seen about three times the growth,” said William Lance, secondary principal at Traders Point Christian Academy. "I think more parents are hearing about it, more parents are excited about it."
But as the private schools benefit, opponents of the program say public schools have paid the price.
"This has already been about a $30 million hit, a direct drain, out of public schools," said Mark Shoup, spokesman for the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Shoup said the argument against the law is simple.
"It's clearly, we believe, unconstitutional," he said.
The ISTA makes its case based on the separation of church and state. The group argues that the vouchers violate the constitution by sending taxpayer money to religious schools like Traders Point Academy, which make up the overwhelming majority of private schools.
Supporters of the program argue the state is simply giving families more freedom.
"This just gives the parent the choice to put their child in a school that meets their needs for their students," Lance said.
"They are still tax dollars ending up in private, religious schools,” Shoup said.