Soliday Votes to Give Schools Much-Needed Flexibility

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) 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.

"Our schools needed to be given the tools to help deal with the result of declining state revenues," said Rep. Soliday. "I felt that allowing school corporations to make decisions at a local level was the best avenue to help alleviate the effects of the cuts. We were able to reach a compromise that ensures students and teachers alike will benefit. It certainly is not perfect, but considering all factors it was the best outcome achievable."

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.