FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jesse Cordray, Press Secretary
Emma Balzer, Press Secretary Intern
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2021) — A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would fully fund students attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic passed the Indiana Senate today with bipartisan support.
Under current law, public schools receive 85% of the per-student state funding for any student who gets at least half of their education virtually.
Senate Bill 2 would provide 100% of the state's per-student funding for students at brick-and-mortar public schools who have gone to virtual instruction for part or all of the 2020-2021 academic year, so long as those students weren't already learning virtually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As I have said before, no one could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on our schools," Raatz said. "SB 2 is a one-time fix to overcome COVID-19's effects and will ensure schools have the necessary support needed to weather the pandemic."
SB 2 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration. To learn more about SB 2, click here.