WASHINGTON — Students like Delano Coffy are at the heart of brewing
political fights and court battles over whether public dollars should go
to school vouchers to help make private schools more affordable.
He was failing in his neighborhood public elementary school in
Indianapolis until his mother enrolled him in a Roman Catholic school.
Heather Coffy has scraped by for years to pay the tuition for Delano,
now 16 and in a Catholic high school, and his two younger siblings, who
attend the same Catholic elementary as their brother did. She’s getting
help today from a voucher program, passed last year at the urging of GOP
Gov. Mitch Daniels, that allows her to use state money for her
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