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Bill providing funding relief to schools heads to governor

A bill providing supplemental funds to schools, due to an unexpected shortfall in funding, has passed the General Assembly. It now awaits a signature by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

HB 1001 will provide up to $25 million this year and $75 million next year. Without the additional funding, schools were facing unexpected cutbacks that no doubt would have negatively impacted student learning in communities across Indiana.

The state discovered a possible funding shortfall late last year, and the estimates grew over the following months. The state currently estimates a shortfall of $20 million in 2017 – 18 and up to $60 million in 2018 – 19.

A larger than expected enrollment in traditional public schools is cited as the reason behind the shortfall.

Keeping Indiana’s commitment to funding our public schools is part of ISTA’s 2018 legislative agenda.