school funding

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 8, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they're working to finalize a bill that would address the state's school funding gap.

The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million. The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state's reserve funds available to bridge the gap.

Lawmakers will consider legislation this session, that would create a type of early warning system to to help identify schools facing significant financial problems.

The state took over Gary and Muncie Community Schools last year after their finances reached crisis levels. Now, Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) has filed legislation to prevent more major state takeovers by catching financial problems early. He says it’s a way the state could step in to help before it’s too late.

Legislative Services Agency

State lawmakers want to figure out how to identify and help school corporations before they fall into financial distress.

Monday a study committee heard about possible ways to evaluate a district’s income and debt.

The state’s Legislative Services Agency, a bipartisan legal analysis group, offered different indicators and methods to analyze those indicators, such as outstanding bond debt and income, to figure out if a district is fiscally sound or trending into trouble.

Indiana lags far behind other states in providing families access to state-funded pre-K programs, according to a new study of Indiana’s pre-K offerings. The analysis finds Indiana, the only state that ties a family’s pre-K eligibility to work and education requirements, limits participation for children who may be most in need.

Millions of dollars are on the line for Indiana school districts, as a national credit agency threatens to downgrade Indiana school debt “by as much as several notches.”

Report: School Funding Increases Lag For Low-Income Students

Feb 13, 2017

Recent changes to Indiana’s state school funding formula have improved equity, yet funding increases have been relatively smaller for school corporations serving the most low-income students, according to a new report from an Indiana University researcher.

The report, “Equity Analyses of the 2015-2017 Indiana School Funding Formula,” presents an analysis of changes in school funding, as well as its impact in whether districts with greater need receive additional support.

Why This Indiana School District Is Going Completely Solar

Dec 12, 2016
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Earlier this year, people across Indiana got word energy prices were going up - leading school districts to scramble to budget for the increase.

But, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports, the news led one rural district in the heart of central Indiana to a unique solution – become one of the state’s first completely solar powered school systems.

Sheridan Community Schools has taken a unique approach to managing energy costs. It's now one of the state’s first completely solar powered school systems.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

The Indiana Department of Education has asked for a $600 million increase in funding from the Legislature for the 2017 fiscal year. Officials say the funds are necessary to expand state-funded pre-k for all kids, increase tuition support for all schools and bump up funding for small, rural schools.

The 2017 General Assembly, which convenes in January, will craft a two-year budget. Typically, money allocated for education is over half of the state’s budget.

New Coalition Pushes To Expand State-Funded Pre-K

Aug 15, 2016
Jeanne Christine /

A coalition of business, government, education and philanthropic leaders say they are determined to push state lawmakers to expand state-funded preschool in the upcoming legislative session.

“All IN 4 Pre-K” is a new advocacy group that includes Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, outgoing Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Early Learning Indiana

Lechleiter says the state's pre-k pilot program is not enough to meet demand.

Indiana Schools Launch Ad Campaigns To Lure Students, Dollars

Aug 12, 2016
Peter Balonon-Rosen, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Schools will start soon, but where you live doesn’t necessarily determine where you go to school anymore. Families can choose where to go to school — private, charter or public school.

The aim behind providing this choice? Proponents say it will force all schools to better themselves.

Whether it has done that remains controversial. But it has given birth to a new reality for public schools: with education competition, comes the need for education marketing.

Schools Seek Community Connection