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Growing Indiana schools districts suing over funding

February 23, 2010

Three school districts are filing a lawsuit over Indiana school-funding formula, arguing that it unfairly penalizes districts with growing enrollments.

The lawsuit is to be filed Tuesday by lawyers for the Hamilton Southeastern district in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis. It will be joined by the Franklin Township district of Indianapolis and the Middlebury Community Schools of Elkhart County.

District officials have long complained about not receiving increases in state funding to match the number of additional students.

Hamilton Southeastern Superintendent Brian Smith said the disparity in per-student funding has become so great that the lawsuit was necessary.

State Attorney General Greg Zoeller said it is a waste of taxpayer money to file a lawsuit over what is a decision for the Legislature.

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