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Bill to fully fund virtual public school students signed into law

Bill to fully fund virtual public school students signed into law Bill to fully fund virtual public school students signed into law

Legislation to fully fund public school students attending school virtually this school year due to COVID-19 is now law, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, and Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown.

“Public schools should not lose funds because of their continued efforts to help protect students and teachers during the pandemic,” Davisson said. “Education remains the state’s largest investment, and this legislation makes sure schools can continue providing high-quality instruction to our young Hoosiers.”

Without this new law, public schools would only receive 85% of tuition support per virtual student, which is defined as a child learning 50% or more of their instruction online.

Engleman said this law provides 100% of the state’s tuition support for students at public schools who have gone to virtual instruction for part or all of the 2020-21 academic year, so long as those students weren’t already learning virtually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone, including school officials, teachers, families and communities, came together to support our kids so they could stay on track,” Engleman said. “This law ensures local public schools receive the funding they expected so they can focus on helping students learning.”

Senate Enrolled Act 2 is effective immediately.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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