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Gov. Mitch Daniels chats with journalism students Allie Miller, Alli Owen and Grace Miller at Concordia Lutheran High School on Thursday. Daniels was at the school to speak with students and parents about Indiana's education voucher system.

Voucher visit

Gov. Mitch Daniels Thursday met privately with three Concordia Lutheran High School students to ask about their experiences using the state’s new voucher program.

He liked what he heard.

“Here, as elsewhere, I got very, very positive reports,” Daniels said following the meeting, during a brief question-and-answer session with local media.

Indiana’s new voucher program is the nation’s largest. State officials said in November almost 4,000 students were granted voucher’s in the program’s first year, but some have since returned to public school.

A Marion County Superior Court Judge earlier this month upheld the law, rejecting an argument that it unconstitutionally supports religion using public money.

Parents at the meeting said the governor was down-to-earth, asking each student about his or her own experience and sharing his own family’s experiences in public and private schools.

About half a dozen protesters greeted the governor outside the school, standing in the rain to decry the right-to-work proposal before the General Assembly.

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