Speaker says study on school funding needed-WEB ONLY

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Indiana Democratic House Speaker Patrick Bauer says it’s time for a comprehensive study on the way state tax dollars are distributed to schools.

The two-year budget lawmakers passed on Tuesday gives slight overall increases to public schools. But against Democrats’ wishes, the funding formula does not ensure that all districts get as much money or more next year than they got this year.

Bauer said that even though some schools with declining enrollments will get less money, that doesn’t mean they don’t face higher costs for things such as utilities and health insurance.

Bauer, a Democrat from South Bend, said school funding “is rocket science,” and lawmakers need to study the issue in-depth to make school spending more fair.


The General Assembly spent much of its time haggling over school funding in the just-completed special legislative session.

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