A recent report from a national teachers union points to a number of states failing to reach pre-recession spending levels for public education, including Indiana.
The American Federation of Teachers released the public education funding report. It says Indiana needs $511 million to reach 2008 school funding levels â€“ the same year lawmakers limited the money schools could collect through property taxes.
Executive director of AFT Indiana, Sally Sloan, says even with school funding measures on local ballots, itâ€™s not enough.
â€œAll of the schools in Indiana are getting less money. Less money means fewer teachers - it means fewer experienced teachers, if and when thatâ€™s possible in the districts,â€ she says.
She says the stateâ€™s voucher program also shares responsibility for the decrease of dollars in public education. Sloan says lawmakers can take steps to reverse that, by pressing pause.
â€œThey have to consider putting a freeze on to vouchers, and a freeze on to charter schools â€“ or a moratorium,â€ she says. â€œI donâ€™t think they can turn back the clock, but they can certainly slow down whatâ€™s happening there.â€
Indiana ranks 35th nationally in dollars per student, according to the report.