Policy Documents

The Market for School Choice in Indiana

Michael Q. McShane –
November 12, 2012

The Indiana Choice Program has the potential to be the largest and most diverse manifestation of school choice in America, writes Michael McShane in this American Enterprise Institute working paper. Parents want school options. But without increasing the scholarship amount, eliminating the prior public school enrollment requirement, and increasing the organizations present to develop schools, program will only fill excess capacity in existing private schools, not drive the creation of new schools. Lawmakers should fundamentally change the motivation and marketing of the plan from one of short-term cost savings to a long-term shift in how the Hoosier state provides education, he says. McShane interviewed Indiana leaders and educators to reach his conclusions.