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Two districts are asking for a new kind of funding to support school safety. 

Residents in Hammond will vote next week on continuing a property tax increase to give more money to local schools. For the first time, that includes charter schools.

The district wants to use some of the funding to expand a student-led program that teaches nonviolence.

Indiana districts rely on property taxes to pay teacher salaries and offer academic programs and transportation services.

The law is a big change for families used to paying hundreds of dollars per student for textbooks each year.

The three Marion County school districts hope to use the referendum funding for staff, buildings, and some initiatives started with federal coronavirus relief funding.

The ballot question set for May would produce an estimated $11 million annually. 

The small Marion County school district enjoyed broad support for its two previous ballot questions it placed before voters in 2010 and 2016.

Indiana’s English learner population has increased by 52% over the last five years.

Funding for schools with fewer students who live in poverty has increased faster than funding for schools with more such students, one group said.

Superintendent Aleesia Johnson will present the plan Tuesday evening.

Indianapolis has committed COVID aid to retaining staff, academic supports, and infrastructure.

School officials hope that Indiana’s low unemployment rate and growing home values will convince voters to pass property tax increases in the May election.

Months after the stimulus began flowing, public information on how local districts are spending it is inconsistent and often hard to find. 

Superintendent Aleesia Johnson doesn’t foresee closing schools in the coming year, but IPS still must cut to avoid falling into the red

Indianapolis Public Schools will launch an online tracking tool this week that will show how the district is spending federal COVID relief funds.

Parents want IPS to spend its $136 million in federal COVID relief funding on addressing learning loss, mental health, tech problems

Raising minimum teacher salaries to $40,000 is a struggle for Indiana’s rural districts that are losing enrollment and cash.

Indianapolis Public Schools families raise safety concerns over busing cuts during a district town hall.