House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Mary Ann Sullivan (D-Indianapolis) and State Rep. Cindy Noe (R-Indianapolis) co-authored House Bill 1002, which will enable charter schools to expand and provide charters with the ability to innovate. The bill addresses many of the obstacles that have prohibited charter school expansion since charter schools were first authorized in Indiana in 2001.
House Bill 1002 passed through the Indiana General Assembly after lengthy public testimony and debate. The House passed the legislation by a concurrence vote of 61-37 after the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-20.
"Our overriding goal for this session has been to give more educational opportunities to every Hoosier family," said Speaker Bosma.
House Bill 1003 also passed on a concurrence vote in the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 56-43.
The main provisions of House Bill 1003 include providing families, who do not have the financial means, a scholarship to pay the cost of tuition and fees at a public or private school that charges tuition. In addition, the bill establishes a tax deduction for individual taxpayers who make expenditures for enrollment of a dependent child in a private school or to home school a dependent child. Finally, the bill increases the aggregate cap on credits from $2.5 M to $5 M beginning in FY 2012 for the education scholarship tax credit.