Governor Wants More Money For K-12 And Charter Schools

Jan 9, 2015

OMB Director Chris Atkins (center) and Budget Director Brian Bailey presenting the governor's budget Thursday to the State Budget Committee.
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Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session.” 

Governor Pence’s proposed budget contains a $200-million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years.  That includes about $41-million more specifically set aside for charter schools.  Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.

“We’re concerned that some higher quality charter operators are not willing to look at locating here or investing here because of our charter financing system,” says Atkins.

The governor’s budget also includes increased funding for teacher performance grants and greater investment in career and technical education.  The proposal does not expand the state’s preschool pilot program, instead holding it steady at ten million dollars a year.