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

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

Saunders 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.

"It is important we support our schools, teachers and students as they face many challenges this year caused by the pandemic," Saunders said. "Fully funding Indiana schools is necessary for our young Hoosiers to continue getting the resources and quality education they deserve."

 

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

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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