School funding measure clears another hurdle
By Erica Irish
INDIANAPOLIS — Following suit with last Thursday’s unanimous Indiana House decision, senators approved additional funding for K-12 schools 49-0 Monday.
Senate Bill 189 calls for a transfer of up to $25 million from the state tuition reserve fund to the direct benefit of Indiana’s K-12 schools.
Though a budget was passed in 2017, the unexpected enrollment of more than 6,000 students in the public school system made it impossible for the original allowances to fully fund K-12 students across the board.
Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, told senators of the far reach of his bill in its ability to cover the needs of every K-12 student.
“This bill benefits every single school in the state of Indiana,” Mishler said.
House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Sally Siegrist, R-West Lafayette, passed 96-0 on Jan. 18.
Now, each chambers’ bill will move to a separate committee to reconcile differences.
Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.