3 Hamilton County school districts pass referendums – IndyStar – Emma Kate Fittes

Voters in three Hamilton County cities passed public school referendums to pay for building expansion in Westfield and teachers and programs in Carmel and Sheridan.

Only 10 of the more than 300 districts in Indiana asked voters to approve a raise in property taxes to benefit the schools during this special election. Three of them — Carmel Clay, Westfield-Washington and Sheridan Community Schools — are in Hamilton County. The area has a precedent for supporting referendums.

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House Panel Passes Bill to Take Over Gary, Muncie Schools – Brian Slodysko – US News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-appointed emergency managers would take control of financially troubled school districts in Gary and Muncie under a bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature, which creates a blueprint that could be used to take over other distressed districts in the future.

Financial problems with both districts have been well documented, though officials for Muncie Community Schools joined lawmakers from the area to plead unsuccessfully for a reprieve during a Monday hearing.

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Proposed legislation on school spending causing battle in Clark Co. – Andrea Centlivre – Wave3News

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A School District in Indiana is in the middle of a battle for signature against community members throughout Clark County.

Greater Clark County Schools wants $22 million for school improvements, but some oppose the property tax rate increase that would result from allowing Greater Clark to borrow the money.

Now, there is a new bill in the Indiana legislature that could completely change the way schools spend money – House Bill 1043.

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Two local school districts will pose referendums – Carmen McCollum – Kokomo Perspective

The School City of East Chicago will join the School Town of Munster this May in asking voters to pay higher taxes to fund those respective school districts.

East Chicago is asking voters for additional money to boost its operating fund. Munster is asking for two referendums — a general fund referendum to assist the operating budget and a construction referendum to renovate school buildings.

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Southern Indiana schools support bill centering on tax increment financing money – News and Tribune – Elizabeth Beilman

INDIANAPOLIS — Representatives from every school corporation in Clark and Floyd counties testified Tuesday in favor of a state bill that would give them louder voices in economic development.

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Greater Clark Schools to receive upgrades, property taxes increase – WHAS – Shane Simmons

‘Cutting edge’ deal gives $1.2M to Ind. schools – The Courier Journal_Kristen Clark

A Clarksville Redevelopment Commission decision to share $1.2 million with local schools over the next three years, to fund things such as laptops for students and digital whiteboard replacement, seemed “progressive” and “cutting edge” to Clarksville School Board President Bill Wilson — not because of the dollar amount or what it will pay for, but because of where the money is coming from.

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