[r57] Eberhart Votes to Give Schools Much-Needed Flexibility (3/12/2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Start Date: 3/12/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/12/2010
STATEHOUSE-Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) today voted in support of two measures that will deliver much needed flexibility to school corporations. This session, lawmakers sought to reach agreement on how to alleviate the affects of the much-publicized budget cuts required by the administration as a result of state revenue shortfalls.

"Schools should be given the flexibility they need during these tough economic times," said Rep. Eberhart. "All options must be considered to help schools continue to provide the level of education our students deserve. Declining revenues are affecting all parts of our state, and giving school corporations the tools they need to survive this recession was a top priority this session. We need to continue explore every option available that will allow schools to continue to thrive academically."

House Bill 1367 seeks to give school corporations additional means to cover general fund shortfalls by transferring money from several other funds.

After lengthy conference committee process, all sides reached an agreement that resulted in the bill being adopted by the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1367 passed 97-0. The bill also passed the Senate, 50-0. The bill now advances to the governor's desk for final approval.