Perhaps no education debate is more fraught then how much money to give schools — and which schools to send more of that money to.
Indiana lawmakers use a formula to set not only how much districts get per student, but also how much extra money they receive to educate children in poverty, who often deal with trauma at home and have higher needs. For the past several years, that formula has been based on how many families qualify for certain kinds of public assistance.
But something has been happening: Fewer and fewer Hoosier families are meeting that criteria, House Republicans say. As a result, over the past four years, state lawmakers have cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the pool of money they send to schools to help educate children from low-income families. That money has been redirected and spread among all schools, and many affluent suburban districts have benefited.
Read on for the details from Shaina.
— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter