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Indiana Governor Proposes More Spending Flexibility

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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.

Vol. 25, Issue 18, Page 17

Published in Print: January 11, 2006, as Indiana Governor Proposes More Spending Flexibility

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