Terry Spradlin

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

 

School buildings are closed statewide for at least another month, and it's up to locally elected school boards to decide whether, and how, to pay hourly workers.

When buildings close, schools don't have to pay part-time or hourly employees like janitors, cafeteria workers or classroom support staff, but Indiana School Boards Association executive director Terry Spradlin says he thinks most of them are. 

The U.S. census determines billions of dollars in federal funding for Indiana – including for schools – and education leaders across the state are on a mission to make sure every Hoosier child gets counted in 2020. 

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 8, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they're working to finalize a bill that would address the state's school funding gap.

The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million. The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state's reserve funds available to bridge the gap.

One in 20 Hoosier students miss too much school

Jul 26, 2012

A new study by the Indiana Partnerships Center shows a significant number of Hoosier public school students are chronically absent from school. 

Data in the study, conducted by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, shows about 55,000 Hoosier students attending public schools miss too much school.  That data doesn’t include the students who miss school because of suspensions.