Bill to Fully Fund All K-12 Public School Students this Year Advances to Senate

(STATEHOUSE) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently supported legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) 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.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford)

May said the pandemic caused many traditional public schools to shift from in-person classes to remote learning. Under current law, schools receive 85 percent of tuition support per virtual student, which is defined as a child learning 50 percent 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 is with the Senate for consideration, would help mitigate requirements under current law and allow K-12 public schools to receive 100 percent funding for each student, whether they attended classes in-person or virtually.

“Fully funding our public schools during these challenging times is a priority for me,” May said. “Students and educators need assurance they’ll continue receiving the necessary resources to create a safe academic environment.”

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