Indianapolis mom says move to save money hurt her kids

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EAST SIDE — An Indianapolis mother says her move to the east side of town to save money has left her kids without any good school options.

Like so many families in this economy, mom Toni–whose last name Fox 59 has concealed–is just making things work.

“(I moved in) with my sister. We figured with the economy being the way it is, it’d be easy to be roommates and save money,” Toni said.

That meant moving to the east side, where Toni enrolled her kids at T.C. Howe High School. She said that decision wasn’t easy because the options that side of town aren’t great.

“In the area that (we’re) in, you’re very, very limited,” Toni said.

The latest round of school vouchers in the state doubled. 20,000 kids had parents who applied, wanting them in different schools.

Even Betsy Wiley, who runs School Choice Indiana, said she’s surprised by how fast the voucher program has grown.

“It’s illustrating parents getting active in the choice,” Wiley said.

For Toni, though, it’s the kid without vouchers she worries about, especially now that she’s seen firsthand what is on the east side of town.

“If you’re in the middle of the east side or if you’re west, north, wherever you are, they still deserve to have just as good an education,” Toni said.

Toni suggested to parents that they get involved and speak out about their kids’ education, so that the schools trying to turn around can do more.

For more information on the school voucher program and your eligibility, plus a map of participating schools in your area, go to schoolchoiceindiana.com.