2013 Changes in Choice Program

2013 Choice Program
A Successful Session!
Webinar Partners
• Indiana Non-Public Education Association
John Elcesser
• School Choice Indiana (SCI)
Marissa Lynch
• Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC)
Glenn Tebbe
Before we Start: Disclaimers
2013 Session: The School Choice
HB 1003 as Introduced in the House
Changes in House Committees
Changes in Senate Committees
Changes in Conference Committees
Changes occurred in both HB1003
& HB1001 (budget)
Statutory Process
• Legislation (Statute)
– Passed by the General Assembly & Signed by the
• Rule Making (Education Law)
– In most cases drafted by IDOE and approved by
the State Board (Emergency vs. Permanent)
• Administration of the Program
– Most times by IDOE
The Changes: An Overview
• Eligibility
– Who?
Students with special needs
Students assigned to an “F” public school
Prior year recipients whose income increases but
remains less than 200% of free & reduced guidelines
• Students who attended public school kindergarten
• Current families who meet the STC means tests
The Changes: Overview Continued
• How Much? (Financial Provisions)
– Elementary voucher amount increases from
• TO $4,700 in 2013-2014*
• TO $4,800 in 2014-2015
– Scholarship Tax Credit Statewide CAP
• From $5 million to $7.5 million
– State special education dollars to follow voucher
student to private school *
– For donors: state tax credit carryover
More Changes: Overview
• Other changes
– Requires a Summer Study Committee
• Looking at performance comparisons, demographics, and why
parents enroll
– IDOE processing timelines (15 days)
• School and student applications
– Minimum STC (SGO) Scholarships: $500
• For sibling eligibility
• For voucher program entrance
• Estimated Voucher Count (by July 1st each year)*
– If state tuition support has been reduced because Choice
Scholarships exceed estimates, 25 million dollars can be
transferred from state tuition reserve fund
Changes: Eligibility
• Allows any income eligible student assigned to an “F” public school to
access a voucher (including kindergartners and current private school
– Removes prior year public requirement
– “F” school must be at the level (Elementary or Secondary) that the potential
voucher student would attend
– Student would maintain the voucher even if the “F” school improves its grade
• Allows siblings of students who previously received a voucher or SGO
scholarship (beginning next year that scholarship must be more than $500
to be eligible)
– Removes prior year public requirement
– For example: if a student received a voucher in 2012-2013 and has an older
sibling in the school or a younger sibling entering kindergarten they would be
voucher eligible.
– If the voucher eligible student did not get a voucher (or an SGO scholarship of
$500 or more) until the 2013-2014 school year, siblings would not be eligible
until 2014-2015 school year.
Changes: Eligibility
• Allows students with special needs (identified by an
IEP or ISP) whose income is no more than 200% of Free
or Reduced Price Lunch guidelines to access a voucher*
– Removes prior public requirement
– Allows state special education dollars to follow the child in
addition to the voucher amount
– Rules will be key*
• Allows a student of a family who meets the income
requirements when they originally qualify to continue
to receive a voucher even if the family exceeds the
income cap in a subsequent year, as long as they do
not exceed 200% of the amount to qualify for Free or
Reduced Lunch (Income improvement provision)
Changes: Eligibility
• Allows CURRENT private school students who
meet the income requirements to receive a
scholarship from an SGO
• Allows kindergarten to count as the “prior
year of public school”
Financial Eligibility
(90% of
funding in
corp. of
(50% of
funding in
corp. of
(200% FR
Students with Special Needs
• Has gone through “Child Find” and has either an
Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Service Plan
• Household income of no more than 200% of Free and
Reduced Income guidelines
• State special education dollars (APC) can follow the child
to the private school
– A public school is not required to make available
services to a student who receives funds under this
section and cannot include the student in their counts
– Rules shall include: annual reporting requirements,
monitoring, and consequences for non-compliance
Special Education Funding
• Federal
– IDEA (proportionate share)
– No individual entitlement to services
– Cannot be used for Child Find costs
• State (APC)
– Based on disability category (3)
• Severe ($8,350), Mild- Moderate ($2,265), Communication
– CAN be used for Child Find costs
***Lots of unanswered questions***
(e.g. how federal requirements interface with state law)
Family Scenarios
• Lopez Family
One child was enrolled in St. Mary School in the 2012-2013
with a voucher. Younger sibling will be entering kindergarten
in the 2013-2014 school year. Family’s income remains below
the F & R cutoff of $43,568. Kindergarten student would be
eligible after July 1 based on “sibling eligibility”.
• Smith Family
The Smith’s two children received voucher last year at
Indianapolis Christian. This year the father picked up another
part time job. This took their income to 185 % level of F&R
income. The family could maintain their vouchers based on
the 200% “income improvement provision”.
Family Scenarios
• The Jeter Family
The Jeter Family’s children have always attended
private school. Even though their income qualified
them for Choice Programs, they were not eligible as
current private school families without leaving the
school for a year. Since their income is under 200%
of F & R income guidelines (or less if their school’s
SGO has a lower cutoff), they will be eligible for an
SGO scholarship (in the 2013-14 SY) if sufficient
funds are available. They could apply for a voucher
in the 2014-15 SY.
Family Scenarios
• The Martin Family
Josie Martin has attended Trinity Lutheran since
kindergarten. She was been tested by Warren Township
School Corp two years ago and is receiving speech and
language services. Her family’s income was at 190% of
F&R guidelines. Because of her income and never
previously attending a public school she was not
voucher eligible.
With the new changes in the law, she would not only be
eligible for a voucher but the spec. ed. funds received by
Warren Township could also go to Trinity so they could
provide speech services.
Important Considerations
• SGO Fundraising Implications
– MANY more students potentially eligible
– Significantly more dollars need to be raised
– $500 minimum
– Tax carry over could encourage larger gifts
• Special Education Implications
– Admissions
– Training
– Accountability
• Siblings (opens the door for many students)
Important Considerations (cont.)
• Current student implications
In “F” school areas
Special needs students
Income Improvement (up to 200%)
SGO Scholarships
• Summer Study
– Performance
– Demographics
• Rules (still to be developed) - IDOE
• Monitoring (IDOE)
Financial eligibility audits
Multi-child discounts
• INPEA & ICC (Leadership) www.inpea.org
• School Choice Indiana
– Parent & Teacher Info. Sessions
– Websites: (will be current on May 20th)
• www.myschoolvoucher.com
• www.mytaxcreditscholarship.com
– Field Reps (see map)
– Fatima Carson: [email protected]
– Website: http://www.doe.in.gov/improvement/schoolchoice/choice-scholarships
SCI Field Managers
Elise Correa
Northern Indiana
[email protected]
Kent Martin
Central Indiana
[email protected]
Sarah Milligan
Southern Indiana
[email protected]
John Elcesser (INPEA)
[email protected]
Marissa Lynch (SCI)
[email protected]
Glenn Tebbe (ICC)
[email protected]

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