TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana lawmakers passed a bill in 2011 allowing kids to go to private schools on the state's tab.
And this year, registration is about to close for students wanting to start the year in these schools.
September 1 is the last day someone can apply for a taxpayer-funded voucher for this school year.
There's a lot to get done for parents of students transferring and it's causing private schools a paper overload.
In 2012, St. Patrick's school in Terre Haute had 48 students take advantage of the school voucher system.
This year, it's nearly double that number at 93.
And there's still time to get more transfer paperwork in.
"It is a substantial amount of paperwork for the school system. SO that is something we have to get in for you. So it would make sense to do that soon,” said Amy McClain, principal at St. Patrick’s School.
School officials say private institutions can offer things a public one can't.
"We can offer a religious education. We can offer small class sizes. We can do those things,” said McClain.
Private schools are gaining some reward from this program.
But they claim it's one that provides for families.
"I think I'd be remiss to say it doesn't help us. But the way in which it helps us is it just makes us more affordable to more people,” said McClain.
But McClain says not all children should be sent to private schools.
That may seem surprising.
But she says she understands this type of education...ISN'T for everyone.
"I think that varies. I think it varies by the student. I don't think we work for everyone. And that is ok. But we do want to help people that want what we have to provide,” said McClain.
This is a complicated program with a lot of ins and outs to it.
And school officials say you could be eligible to take a voucher and not even know it.
So here's how we can help you sort through the process.
For more information on how to enroll your student this year, visit their website.
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