Behning, Speedy: Bill to fully fund all K-12 public school students this year advances to Senate

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:57 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted today 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.

State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), chair of the House Education Committee, 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. He said this means many schools would qualify for the lower funding amount because of moving classes online.

"Schools should be focused on doing what's best for kids," Behning said. "As they face challenges brought on by the pandemic, decisions to temporarily shift to virtual learning should not be based on worries of losing critical funding, but on keeping students and educators safe."     

House Bill 1003, supported by Behning and State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), 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.

"Undoubtedly, this has been a tough school year for students, parents and educators," Speedy said. "My kids have had to make adjustments, and I understand the difficulties that families and schools have overcome this past year. We will honor our commitment to fully fund K-12 public schools and ensure students have the resources to finish out this school year strong."

To learn more about House Bill 1003 and watch legislative proceedings online, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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