Pence Budget Would Boost K-12 Funding by $200 Million

Jan 8, 2015

OMB Director Chris Atkins (center) and Budget Director Brian Bailey presented Gov. Mike Pence's budget to the state budget committee Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.

The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.

“We’re concerned that some higher quality charter operators are not willing to look at locating here or investing here because of our charter financing system,” Atkins said.

The governor’s budget also includes increased funding for teacher performance grants and greater investment in career and technical education. 

The proposal does not expand the state’s preschool pilot program, instead holding it steady at $10 million per year.