Education spending debate a matter of priorities

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Leading Democrats and Republicans in the Statehouse agree the state needs to spend more money on education. But their priorities are far apart as lawmakers work to craft Indiana's next two-year budget.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis has called for more education dollars for programs including a preschool scholarship program. Democrat Greg Porter of Indianapolis says the state needs to restore the $300 million former Gov. Mitch Daniels cut from public schools.

The Friedman Foundation for Excellence in Education's Robert Enlow says the state needs to ensure the money it spends goes to students and not necessarily schools.

Indiana State Teachers Association President Nate Schnellenberger says the state's losing teachers because it doesn't pay them enough to raise their families.

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