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Indiana EdCast: Ep. #57 — Legislative Update #8

Apr 12, 2019

Welcome to Indiana EdCast. I am Tom Mellish, ED for IRTA, The Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators. Please email me at tmellish@retiredteachers.org with your questions. We will find out the answer for you.

We are joined once by our chief lobbyist, Steve Beebe from Beebe, Scherer and Associates. We were hoping for good news coming out of the latest Indiana General Assembly session. However, we are sorry to report that the 13th Check portion of the budget bill has been taken out. Here is what is going on and how you might help get it restored before the end of the current session.

In related news - The Senate GOP budget proposal would send $535 million more dollars to schools over the next two years – a $74 million increase compared to the House proposal. But the Senate plan would also cut the amount of money that goes to virtual schools from 90 percent of tuition support per student, to 80 percent.

The Republican plan also includes the governor’s proposal to pay off some teacher pension debt for schools, but instead of using the state’s reserve fund, it would dip into the state’s Pension Stabilization Account. It would also require districts publicly explain where they use those savings – lawmakers have said they should go to teacher pay.