Indiana school administrators would have greater flexibility in spending, and more money would go to the classroom, under a new proposal by Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, and state schools Superintendent Suellen Reed.
The plan would give Indiana school districts more authority in financial decisions and would free up more money for teacher pay, textbooks, full-day kindergarten, and other student-based areas.
According to the governor’s office, draft legislation is being prepared for the 2006 legislature.
The districts in return would be expected to enter shared-service agreements, in which they would work together to buy products and services. In addition, districts would have to provide the state with a clearer picture of spending practices.