Lucas: Bill to fully fund all K-12 public school students advances to Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2021) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted Tuesday 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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas, who supported 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 qualify for the lower funding amount because of moving classes online.

This legislation, which now advances to the Senate for consideration, 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.

"Schools will not lose out on essential funds and we will continue supporting our students, teachers and families," Lucas said. "This was an easy vote and moves us one step closer to getting this common-sense legislation passed into law."

House Bill 1003 now advances to the Senate for consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings online, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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