Bartels: House passes legislation fully funding all K-12 public school students this year

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, January 28, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation to fully fund all K-12 public school students for the 2020-21 school year, regardless of whether students attended classes in-person or virtually due to COVID-19, according to State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).

"We are moving this bill quickly for our hard-working students and teachers," Bartels said. "One of our state's largest investments is K-12 education, and this bill would ensure schools can still provide a quality education to our young Hoosiers."

Bartels, a co-author of the bill, said the pandemic caused many traditional public schools to shift from in-person classes to remote learning. Under current law, schools receive 85% of tuition support per virtual student, which is defined as a child learning 50% or more of their instruction online. This means many schools would have qualified for the lower funding amount because of moving classes online.

"School officials acted swiftly to meet the challenges brought on by the pandemic and ensure student learning was not disrupted," Bartels said. "It has been a year of adjusting and finding innovative ways to continue classes, and schools deserve full funding for each student whether they learned in-person or virtually."

According to Bartels, the legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration, and would help mitigate requirements under current law and allow K-12 public schools to receive 100% funding for each student, whether they attended classes in-person or virtually.

To learn more about House Bill 1003 and watch legislative proceedings online, visit


State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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