Lawmakers to hear from school officials on funding plan

March 10, 2015

Proposed school funding changes that could lead to cuts for many of Indiana's urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments are set to get a close look from state lawmakers.

A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday afternoon from school officials on the House-backed funding plan that would shift tens of millions of dollars to growing suburban districts.

Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, the leader of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said last week he wants to consider ways of possibly easing those school-funding shifts.

The state spending plan approved by House Republicans includes 2.3-percent overall increases in school funding in both years. But Democrats maintain the plan would cause "devastating" funding reductions to more than a third of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts, many of which are in the poorest communities.

Suburban districts have asked for changes for years because they receive much less funding on a per-student basis than some urban districts, in some cases as much as $2,700 per student.


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