For immediate release: Jan 13, 2012
Posted by: [Attorney General]
Contact: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970

Attorney General's statement on ruling in school vouchers lawsuit

Zoeller: Court finds choice scholarships statute Legislature passed is constitutional

INDIANAPOLIS - Today a Marion County court ruled in favor of the State and rejected a legal challenge to the constitutionality of Indiana's new choice scholarships law, sometimes called the school vouchers law, House Enrolled Act 1003 (Public Law 92). Marion County Superior Court Judge Michael Keele today ruled in favor of the State on all of the plaintiff's claims.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office defended the choice scholarships statute from the plaintiff's legal challenge. Zoeller today issued this statement:

"The legislation followed the Indiana Constitution in creating broader educational options for Hoosier children since the scholarship funding is directed to students' families, not to private schools. The court agreed that the choice scholarship program does not violate anyone's rights and we are pleased with the thoughtful analysis," Zoeller said.

At the court's hearing on various motions December 19, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher argued the State's case in the lawsuit of Meredith v. Daniels. Judge Keele's ruling, denying the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and granting judgment for the State and Intervenors, is at this link.

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