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Speaker applauds legislators for K-12 support bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers in the House passed a “top priority” measure to provide additional funding to K-12 schools Thursday. Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, celebrated House Bill 1001’s passage as a victory for House Republicans. “Our top priority for the House Republicans passed unanimously today with House Bill 1001, fully-funding local public […]

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Senate committee approves K-12 funding fix

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee Thursday approved legislation that would ensure Indiana’s K-12 schools have enough funds for all students. The Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed Senate Bill 189, authored by committee chair Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, which would permit a transfer from the state tuition reserve fund to cover the cost of all […]

Commentary: Time to consolidate

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Commentary: Time to consolidate

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I know this is something a lot of school districts in Indiana don’t want to hear, but it’s time to seriously look at consolidation. I bring this up because it’s budget time at the Statehouse and as Indiana lawmakers look at how much to spend on K-12 education, I don’t think […]

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Kenley: Slower-than-expected tax revenue warrants cautious spending plan

Sen. Luke Kenley shares his thoughts about writing the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s budget architect said he might be a bit more restrained with spending in his version of the next two-year budget because the state has not been meeting its revenue projections for the current […]

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Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials. In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – […]