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Senate Makes Changes To Charter School Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee added two amendments to the charter school bill, including changing the funding structure for two “virtual charter schools,” operated over the Internet. The bill originally called for the virtual charters to be funded at 90 percent of the average Indiana school; the amendment added Thursday lowers that amount.

Princeton Senator Lindel Hume said the state should focus on improving traditional public schools.

“When we start taking money out of that for any cause,” Lindel said, “than we’re taking it away from that public school system that we are constitutionally required to provide for every child in this state.”

But Speaker Brian Bosma, who authored the bill, pointed out charter schools are public schools too, attended by public school students and taught by public school teachers. He said despite all the changes made to the bill in the Senate so far, he’s still happy.

“There’s still some issues to be worked on,” he said, “but overall I think it’s part of the Democratic process here and the bill’s in pretty good shape.”

The bill will now go before the full Senate.

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