Bill to fix school funding shortage moves forward

A bill to fix a shortfall in education funding is headed to the Senate after a unanimous vote in the house.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Jan. 20, 2018 5:00 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — A bill to fix a shortfall in education funding is headed to the Senate after a unanimous vote in the house.
State Representative Sally Siegrist wrote the bill.

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It allows the state to transfer reserve money to make up for higher-than-expected public school enrollment.

Each budget cycle, Indiana schools, the Department of Education, and the Legislative Services Agency project the number of students attending public schools in the future.

However, this year projections were underestimated by a little more than 6,000 students.

This triggered a $16 million shortfall in tuition support.

Siegrist's bill would allow lawmakers to use a $348 million reserve fund to make up for the shortfall.

She's glad the house agreed on this issue.

"It was really a wonderful time for both sides of the aisle to stand shoulder to shoulder and vote in favor of keeping funding stable for our school students," said Siegrist.

Siegrist says the tuition reserve fund is a result of the really good fiscal management the state has enjoyed for the last 13 years.

She's hopeful this bill will pass through the Senate saying otherwise, "We would have to lower the per-student tuition support by 15 dollars a student to make that up."

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