Pierce circulates school funding analysis

Indiana Rep. Matt Pierce’s four-page glossy briefing on education funding dropped into Monroe County mailboxes recently. For those who may have missed it, here’s an online version of the Democrat’s analysis of state school funding.

Pierce’s letter to constituents notes, “It’s a sad commentary on the state’s priorities when schools must resort to special referendums and fundraisers to maintain basic school functions.” There’s also a dig at Gov. Mitch Daniels’ comment to the Economic Club of Indiana in February that there’s “an ocean of money” available to schools if only they would try harder to get it.

Pierce says a report by the Daniels administration categorizes transportation, school lunches and classroom building maintenance as nonessential. “Following this logic, schools should direct more money to instruction by making students walk to school and skip lunch,” Pierce notes. “I suppose this would have the added benefit of cutting down on childhood obesity.”

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