school funding

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
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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

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Leaders of a small northern Indiana school district say the battle to fund their school system isn’t over.

Argos Community School administrators say they will continue to push for a local property tax increase even though voters defeated a proposed tax hike on the May 3 ballot.

The district has laid off eight staff members, eliminated a science program and scaled back the number of cafeteria workers.

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A charter school company contacted by the state to turnaround three former Indianapolis schools told the State Board of Education today that a reduction in funding could soon impact students’ academic progress.

In 2014, the Florida-based Charter Schools USA protested the state's decision to reduce its funding for the three struggling schools. Since then, the amount of school improvement grants has continued to shrink.

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It’s been one year since legislators created a new school funding formula.

The formula gives equal funding to all schools, but critics say that’s unfair because schools with a lot of low incomes kids or students learning English need more money.

StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny visited Goshen, Indiana, and found the district is scrambling to save its English Learning program in light of the funding cuts.

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During the past decade, school districts across the state have cut bus routes to save money, meaning getting to and from school is a much bigger chore.

A bill that passed the state Senate aims to free up local tax dollars to help fill the transportation void in many school districts.

But StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny reports the bill won’t solve bigger funding problems.

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Governor Mike Pence is increasing school safety grant funding by more than $3 million in the wake of a shooting at an Oregon community college that left ten people, including the gunman, dead. However, the measure also comes after the new state budget cut that funding by more than half.

The legislature created the school safety grant fund in 2013 in response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  Lawmakers appropriated $10 million a year for schools to hire resource officers and make safety improvements. 

Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

There are a lot of moving parts to school budgets and plenty of different types of schools to deal with. And in some cases, the federal government gets involved, which adds another layer of confusion.

That appears to be what’s happening with this year’s Title I funding situation in Indiana. A number of charter schools saw their Title I funds decrease this year – while in some cases, nearby traditional public schools saw an increase.

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A court ruling blocking charter schools in Washington State isn't expected to affect Indiana charters.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Friday that charters can't be funded like public schools because their boards are appointed, not elected.

Ohio-based Carpe Diem Learning Systems CEO Bob Sommers says charters' public status in most states, including Indiana, is already settled law -- Washington established its charters later than most states, and has what Sommers calls a quirk in its state constitution which resulted in the courtroom defeat.

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