Indiana Schools Sue State, Disagree With Funding Formula

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 24, 2010 at 12:15 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Three Indiana school districts are suing the state over its funding formula.

Administrators with Hamilton Southeastern, Franklin Township and Middlebury Community say the funding for their districts doesn't match their high student enrollment.

Hamilton Southeastern Superintendent and Former-Superintendent of Southwest Allen Schools, Brian Smith says the only way the districts would get more money is if their students fall behind, and that's not how school system should be run.

Smith says, “We’re growing by 800 students a year. We don't have the money to hire teachers. Eventually we'll see student performance drop and at that point the formula will start to give us more money.”

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says taxpayer money would be wasted to fight this lawsuit.

He feels the "legislature" should decide the school funding issue.


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