Indiana Facing Larger School Funding Gap Than Projected

13 Feb Indiana Facing Larger School Funding Gap Than Projected

Officials have warned public schools that they could receive less money than expected because of an unanticipated increase in statewide student enrollment.

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Officials have warned public schools that they could receive less money than expected because of an unanticipated increase in statewide student enrollment.

The multimillion-dollar gap in school funding that Indiana legislative leaders have pledged to fill is larger than first projected.

The Indiana House and Senate have each approved bills allowing an additional $25 million in school funding this year, but The Indianapolis Star reports that a new state legislative analysis predicts a shortfall of nearly $60 million next year.

Officials have warned public schools that they could receive less money than expected because of an unanticipated increase in statewide student enrollment. That could force a cut in per-student payments to schools.

Republican Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Ryan Mishler says he’s focused on making sure this year’s gap is covered and then look at next year’s shortfall.

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