School referenda

File photo: Lauren Chapman / IPB News

A last-minute change to a bill at the Statehouse in the days before the 2020 legislative session came to an end opens the door for charter schools to receive property tax funding through referendum measures. Lawmakers approved the multi-purpose bill on the last day of session after more than an hour debating the language.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers are considering restrictions on how often schools in need of additional funding can propose referendum measures to local taxpayers, and education groups are once again pushing back on the proposal.

Right now, schools can propose referenda twice a year and in school-funded special elections, but lawmakers added a proposal into a bill this week that would limit those to general elections – about once every two years.

WBOI Presents: October News Roundup 2019

Nov 12, 2019
Sharon Tucker For Council; Michelle Chambers For City Council; Dave Rosenthal, Side Effects Public Media

While the October News Roundup will focus on expanding stories we aired during the month of October, we began our program with a deep dive into the results of the 2019 municipal election. Held on Nov. 5, the day before our roundup aired, we looked at Fort Wayne races and a number of races in the area's largest municipalities.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Four of the 10 school districts with measures on the ballot failed to receive voter approval for school funding tax increases Tuesday night.

Tyler Lake / WFIU/WTIU News

Next Tuesday, school districts across the state will ask voters to approve taxes to send more dollars to their public schools.