House Bill 1009 aims to give schools more choice in how funds are spent (WFYI)

By Andrew Pillow

If some lawmakers have their say, Indiana schools will have more freedom in how they spend their state funds.

Currently funding is separated into several different categories such as “facilities”, “transportation” and “general”. House Bill 1009 would condense all of the current categories into just two: “Educational”, and “Operations”. The bill would also allow school officials to transfer funds from either side.

According to advocates of the change, this would give schools more freedom to prioritize their own needs. Freedom that bill author Tony Cook claims schools have long sought.

“I think (this) gives the freedom to schools that they always have wanted,” said Cook at a committee meeting.

The Bill will be further debated in committee later this week.

Read more here. (via: WFYI)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.