House Bills

HB 1056: Student transfers
Summary: Provides that a student may transfer to a school corporation if the student’s parent is an employee of the school corporation and the school corporation has the capacity to accept the student. Provides that an elementary school student who attended an accredited nonpublic elementary school in the attendance area of a school corporation in which the student does not have legal settlement may attend a high school in the school corporation if the school corporation has the capacity to accept the student and the majority of the students in the same grade as the transferring student at the accredited nonpublic school have legal settlement in the transferee school corporation.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports the right of every child to attend the school of his or her family’s choice, regardless of zip code, income, or other unrelated factors to parental choice. This bill permits more educational freedom, allowing families to choose the school they deem the best fit for their child.
Bill Status: Passed House; referred to Senate

Senate Bills

SB 184: Choice scholarships
Summary: Limits the number of choice scholarships that may be awarded per year to 20,000. Makes an appropriation.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Americans for Prosperity believes that choice and competition provide the best opportunity for students to receive the best education possible. Accomplishing those goals means not restricting access for choice in student education.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 470: Schools receiving choice scholarships
Summary: Provides that a school that is eligible to accept choice scholarships may: (1) be accredited by the state board of education or a national or regional accreditation agency that meets the standards adopted by the state board of education (state board); and (2) use a locally adopted assessment program instead of the ISTEP program. Provides that an eligible school that is accredited by a national or regional accreditation agency recognized by the state board is not required to conduct teacher evaluations in the same manner as public schools. Provides that the department of education (department) may not require an eligible school that is accredited by a national or regional accreditation agency recognized by the state board to report any information that is not necessary to determine the school’s eligibility to participate in the choice scholarship program.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Removes unnecessary burdens and regulations governing the choice scholarship program.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 527: School performance measures
Summary: Provides that an accredited nonpublic school or freeway school may administer, instead of the ISTEP program, another nationally recognized and norm referenced assessment. Corrects obsolete cross-references.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Allows schools what is known as freedom in testing which serves the design of genuine school choice.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.