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Failing private schools awarded more than $16 million in vouchers

Failing Indiana private schools received more than $16 million in vouchers in the 2015 – 16 school year. The amount going to failing private schools has more than doubled in just one year.

The Indiana Department of Education released the 2015 – 16 school accountability grades last week. Thirty-seven private schools receiving vouchers earned a grade of D or F with $16,223,372 in vouchers awarded to those poorly-performing private schools.

Horizon Christian Academy in Fort Wayne was the largest recipient, receiving $1,306,617 in vouchers. The school earned a letter grade of F.

The private school voucher report released earlier this year revealed the growing price tag of the controversial program at a record $131 million and a loss of $53 million. The report showed that 52 percent of voucher recipients never attended a public school prior to getting a voucher, compared to 10 percent during the first year of the program.