Indiana Legislature

Education issues are coming back to the forefront of the Indiana Legislature as lawmakers have about three weeks left in this year’s session.

School leaders around the state will be watching today as the Senate Appropriations Committee releases its version of the new two-year state budget.

Committee Chairman Luke Kenley has said he was looking to ease school funding shifts proposed by House Republicans that would lead to cuts for many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments.

Longtime education lobbyist Dennis Costerison says he expects the funding cuts will be reduced, but that some districts will see less money.

A House committee today is also expected to advance a bill allowing the replacement of Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz as leader of the state Board of Education.