STATEHOUSE (Jan. 6, 2021) – The House Ways and Means Committee today voted in support of State Rep. Hal Slager's (R-Schererville) legislative proposal to fully fund all K-12 public school students for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.
Slager said the bill would ensure public schools receive 100% funding for each student, whether they attended classes in-person or virtually. Due to the pandemic, many traditional public schools had to make the shift to remote learning to help slow the spread of COVID-19. He said his bill helps mitigate requirements under current law requiring schools receive 85% of the tuition support per virtual student, which is defined as a child learning 50% or more of their instruction online.
"This is one of the first bills acted on this session, and we are fast-tracking it on behalf of our hardworking students, teachers and schools," Slager said. "We want to provide our schools certainty, and we understand they've had to adapt quickly to ensure learning continues in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis."
Slager said this is a top priority this session and he looks forward to working with fellow legislators to address public education needs.
State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) represents House District 15,
which includes portions of Lake County.
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